Curtis Davies has completed his permanent transfer to Aston Villa from West Brom.
The defender spent last season on loan at Villa Park, but suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in March.
However, boss Martin O'Neill has seen enough in the centre-back to tie him to a four-year deal as Villa prepare for a European campaign next term.
And Davies is now targeting a return from injury in time to face former club and Midlands rivals West Brom at The Hawthorns in the Premier League on 20th September.
"I think everyone knows what game I'm targeting - the game at the Albion on 20th September," Davies told Villa's official website when asked about his return from injury.
"It's a very tight thing but potentially I think I can be back for that.
"Obviously it'll be down to the gaffer and I hope the team that starts the season gets off to a flier. I'm not going to expect to walk straight back into the team for any game.
"I just need to keep progressing really. I can't worry about any one individual game, as much as I'd love to play that game, there's a lot more to the season.
"Hopefully with a long European campaign coming up. I need to make sure I'm right for the whole season and not just the one game."