Torquay United midfielder Luke Young says he is optimistic about his recovery from a serious knee injury.
The 22-year-old suffered knee ligament damage during training ahead of the National League season in July.
"I'm listening to the physio, doing my rehab and I'll be back at the end of the season hopefully," Young told BBC Radio Devon.
"Everyone says it's starting to look like a normal knee and as it goes on I'm feeling more confident about it."
Young captained the Gulls last season, scoring six goals in their first season since dropping out of the Football League.
He joined Torquay after being released by fellow Devon side Plymouth Argyle in the summer of 2014.
"When it came back that it was an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament injury) it obviously came as a bit of a shock and hit me a little bit, because I've never really had a serious injury," Young added.
"But fingers crossed it's feeling a lot better now and I'm feeling optimistic about my recovery."