Colchester defender Magnus Okuonghae is closing in on a return and admits he cannot wait to get back on the field.
The centre-half has been sidelined for the last two-and-a-half months with an ankle injury but is stepping up his training after seeing a specialist.
He told the Gazette: "It's a case of so far, so good. The ankle's a little bit sore and stiff after training but the specialist said that would be the case.
"It's been the worst injury problem I've had and it's been very frustrating. But all it does is make me hungrier to get back."