Ivar Ingimarsson has vowed to continue his rigorous work on the training field in a bid to force his way back into the Reading starting XI.
The Iceland international has been out of action since tearing his hamstring against Middlesbrough back in March.
Defender Ingimarsson has managed to secure a place on the bench for Brian McDermott's side in recent weeks and is now keen to take the final step in his recovery.
With 90 minutes for the reserves under his belt, the 33-year-old plans to keep working hard to ensure he is ready for the call from McDermott.
He told the club's official website: "It's getting better every day.
"I've taken part in three reserve games now, the last one was 90 minutes which I was really pleased with and now it's just about training hard and trying to get in the team somewhere down the line.
"I just have to work as hard as I can outside the normal game schedule and be ready when I'm needed.
"It's been almost six months so it'll be good to play proper football again."