'The injury is not as bad as everybody first thought,' he told the Echo.
'And if everything continues to go well, then hopefully I will take some part in this season.
'I'm doing plenty of bike work at the moment and just building up my fitness.
'I hope to be running next week and then challenging for a place because I miss being involved.
'It's been very frustrating to watch the games from the stands and disappointing that I cannot do anything for the team.'