Fulham's Zdenek Grygera hopes to return next season after two knee operations.
The former Juventus defender, 31, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Tottenham in November and was originally ruled out for six months.
"I'm feeling positive about my knee and my recovery from injury," he said.
"I had two surgeries with Dr Richard Steadman, one before Christmas and one in February. Dr Steadman told me after the second surgery the recovery should be five or six months."
Grygera told the Fulham website: "With how I feel right now, I think the maximum will be five months but we will see later on when I start to run.
"On Thursday, it will be six weeks since my surgery and I'll start to do more in terms of my recovery now.
"I'll be doing more on the bike and working on the upper body in the gym, but I feel very good."