Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson is hopeful he will be fit in time for the start of the new season.
The 24-year-old has been out of action ever since he suffered a cruciate ligament injury back in November.
The Scotland international is close to making a full comeback but it had been rumoured that he would not be fit in time for the opening day.
The former Hibernian youngster is set to meet his specialist on Wednesday and he is hoping he will receive the green light to get his playing career up and running once more.
"My fitness is good," he said. "I've been in over the summer while the other boys have been on holiday and so far so good.
"I'm just hoping to get through the next month without any problems and hopefully see if I'm good for the start of the season.
"I think (I'll be fit for the start of the season) - that's been the plan all along. It's been just over seven months.
"I go down to see the specialist tomorrow for a final check-up. Fingers crossed it will be a nice hand shake and I'll be able to move on and get back playing."
Thomson admitted that immediately after the injury he wondered if he would ever play again.
"My main priority is to get back playing," he added. "It's a worry for anyone when you get an injury.
"You fear you might not play again and I had that fear at the start of my injury. When you are a footballer and it's all you've ever done and it gets taken away from you it's a hard thing.
"I've done a lot of work with the physios and I'm pretty sure I'll be knocking on the door come pre-season."
Thomson's misery was compounded when he could only watch from the sidelines as his team-mates went on to clinch the league and cup double.
"It's been difficult," he confessed. "Especially at the end of the season when the boys had so much success and it was hard sitting on the sidelines.
"I just had to stay focused. Obviously I was willing the boys on to do well but, if you ask any player who isn't involved, they will tell you it's difficult.
"But the boys did well and I was delighted for them and hopefully I can get a taste of it next year."