Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson hopes to continue on the road to full fitness after easing his way back into action.
The England Under 21 international endured a wretched time last season as a long-standing abdominal injury ended his first-team season in late September.
But Johnson made a 45-minute appearance in Saturday's pre-season friendly defeat to the Orlando Pirates and, having come through unscathed, he is feeling positive.
He told City's official website: "I feel pretty well, and I'm glad to get it under my belt.
"It's more fitness work which I needed, but I felt good afterwards and I'm just looking to get stronger now.
"I would have liked a bit longer in my heart of hearts, but 45 minutes was fine and playing was all I wanted to do.
"I just wanted to play myself into the game, I started slowly but I gradually got into it a lot more.
"I keep getting stronger every time I train and play and I just want to keep working at it.
"For the rest of the tour I just want to keep playing as much as I can, keep training and get fitter, that's what it's all about at this time of the year."