Mark Molesley is refusing to put a timeframe on his return from a foot injury, but is desperate to play some part in Bournemouth's League Two promotion bid.
The midfielder has endured a frustrating season and has not featured for Eddie Howe's promotion-hopefuls since suffering a stress fracture back in October.
Molesley was expected to be out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery, but he is still hopeful of returning before too long.
The 29-year-old told the club's official website: "I've started running and then have to be very careful and lay off for a while. It's too hard to tell when I will be back and I'm just taking each day as it comes.
"I'm working so hard, training three times a day to get myself back to fitness. I feel I have to let nature take it's course because maybe I'm a bit too hard on myself and giving myself big targets to reach and there is still some way to go.
"I am absolutely desperate to be back, but I know I have to be careful."