Steve Watson is refusing to let the long road to recovery dampen his spirits as he battles back from injury.
The Sheffield Wednesday skipper has been out of action since undergoing hip surgery in February.
The veteran defender had been struggling with the problem for some time and decided an operation to rectify the issue was the best course of action.
He is still facing up to a lengthy rehabilitation programme, but remains positive regarding his chances of making a full recovery.
"I'm about two thirds of the way through rehab," he told Wednesday's official website.
"I've done the stage of complete rest and using crutches - I just about got through that!
"I've got to spend about six weeks getting my muscles working again, doing basic core exercise and as much walking as possible. Maybe I'll do a bit of swimming too, but nothing more.
"The third stage is more sports specific and means running, I'll have to see if that's pain free. Then I'll move onto things like turning and twisting. If that all goes well, I may even kick a football again!"
At 35-years-old Watson accepts his career is coming to a close, but he is adamant that his latest setback will not force him into retirement.
"It's because of my age that it's going to be that bit longer," added Watson on his recovery.
"Injuries do take longer to heal when you're older. It's only when I try to do some work that I'll know if it's going to be an option to play football again.
"My mind's not ready to stop yet, I really owe it to myself to try again."