On-loan Bolton Wanderers defender Dedryck Boyata believes he needs a couple more games before he is back to full fitness.
Boyata returned from a six-week lay-off with an ankle ligament injury when starting last weekend's 3-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.
The Belgium international returned to parent club Manchester City for treatment on the problem and believes he is close to being back in peak condition.
The 21-year-old is expected to start Saturday's home game against Aston Villa and is anxious to recapture the form he was showing prior to picking up his injury.
"My ankle is getting better. I'm feeling like I'm close to a full recovery and it seems alright. Hopefully I can play how I was before," Boyata told the club's official website.
"I felt that I was doing good and almost at my best. I was unlucky to get injured at that time but that's in the past now and I have to think about the future.
"I went back to Manchester City for a few weeks to do a bit of rehab, but it was nothing really too intense. It was just to do a bit of work to repair the soft tissues around the ankle.
"Obviously, you feel a bit stiff when you go straight back into the team after five or six weeks without playing. I felt a bit heavy but that was natural because I hadn't got my legs going properly for a month or so.
"To get back to my full fitness I will need to play another a match or two."