Southampton's Anthony Pulis is on his way back to full fitness as he looks towards making his debut for the club.
The 24-year-old midfielder joined the Saints in the summer on a two-year deal from Stoke, but a broken foot has meant he has not yet played a first-team game.
Pulis played for Southampton's reserves on Monday and is now looking towards his full debut.
"It was good, it's been a while - I've been out for three months and I was itching to get back," he said. "It's been a frustrating two years.
"Any player will tell you the worst thing about being a footballer is being injured.
"I had an ongoing thigh problem at Stoke, but I got through that.
"Then I got through all the pre-season games and got the foot injury.
"Now I'm back it makes me appreciate being fit and playing so much more.
"I know it's going to take a few weeks but hopefully I can challenge for a place, although it will be difficult, as there are a lot of good midfielders at the club."
Meanwhile, Southampton have failed with their bid to overturn Jason Euell's red card.
Euell was sent off against Wolves at the weekend after a challenge on Richard Stearman, and the Saints lodged an appeal.
However, The Football Association have rejected the appeal.
Head coach Jan Poortvliet said: "We are disappointed by the ruling but accept the FA's decision."