Ipswich Town full-back Carlos Edwards admits he is "miles off" full fitness, but ready to start the season.
The 32-year-old suffered a minor injury setback over the summer, restricting his preparations.
"I won't sit here and say to you that I looked my best in training, I'm miles off, " he told BBC Radio Suffolk.
"I just hope come Saturday I can be up to par. I'll put all negative thoughts behind me and do what I've been doing since the manager took over."
The Trinidadian, who was switched from the wing to right-back last season, is still determined to feature against Bristol City this weekend.
"It will take five minutes to get up to 100%," he joked.
"I'm going to put my head down, work as hard as possible, the manager and players know what I'm capable of."
Defender Ivar Ingimarsson, another player who was subjected to a disjointed pre-season, is in line to start on Saturday.
The 33-year-old from Iceland, who joined from Reading in June, had been a doubt for the season-opener because of a thigh strain.
"I think I'm almost there, I had 75 and 90 minutes in games last week which I was very happy with," he explained.
"You move clubs and get injured in pre-season, that isn't the ideal scenario.
"But it happens, luckily it was nothing major and it should be good now.
"I wake up in the morning and I don't think of myself as turning into an old pro.
"Maybe all of us think we are 25 all of the time, but generally speaking I feel good, you just have to look after yourself better."