Zoltan Gera has insisted that he would not want to return to action too early and harm West Brom's chances of Premiership survival.
The Hungarian playmaker featured for The Baggies' reserve team against Newcastle this week and came away with an assist, but admitted that he was not totally satisfied with his performance.
Gera has been limited to just a handful of league appearances this term due mainly to a problematic pelvic injury, and is desperate to work on his fitness.
The 27-year-old, who was substituted with 25 minutes left for the reserves, is hoping to make his long-awaited first team comeback as soon as possible, but acknowledged that the final decision would not rest with him.
"I wanted to play until the end of the match but this time I wasn't able to," Gera told his personal website. "It was a much faster game than the one against Bolton, but I would have liked to close people down much quicker.
"There were times when I felt like my old self, but it is not so simple. In the first half an hour I felt very good, I had an assist and created another good opportunity.
"I will keep training hard and hope to join my team-mates in The Premiership, but I don't want to predict anything about my comeback.
"I want to help my team fight against relegation in probably the strongest league in the world, but we mustn't take risks.
"Because of this I would only want to play if I was sure I would be able to help West Brom."