Preston midfielder Paul Gallagher says he is on track with his recovery from hernia surgery and ready to start pre-season training next week.
He had the operation last month and has been doing rehab work since to build up his fitness levels.
Gallagher played for much of last season with a hernia but still managed the second-highest number of starts in the Lilywhites squad.
He delayed surgery twice to continue playing and got through to the end of the campaign.
“Things are going well,” Gallagher told the Evening Post.
“I was at the training ground doing some work last week and have been in the gym when I’ve been away on a couple of holidays.
“There is a bit of discomfort in the stomach area because the scar tissue needs to be broken down.
“It gets broken down by exercising and by the physio massaging the area.
“I’ve had our physio Matt Jackson sticking his elbow in to break down the scar tissue, which was painful!
“I’ll be fine to start training when we go back and I’m looking forward to it.
“I don’t mind the running we do in pre-season – I used to do 800m and 1500m when I was at school and was quite good at it.
“Nowadays, everyone has a fitness programme to stick to in the summer and players are in good shape when they return after the holidays.
“We will all have done a lot more work than last summer, it was a shorter break because of the play-off final and we were in party mode! It’s been a longer break this year and we will all be refreshed and ready to get back to work.”