Peter Odemwingie is certain he will make his return from injury before the end of the season.
Odemwingie has not played competitively since August 2014 when he damaged knee ligaments in a 1-0 win over Manchester City at the Etihad stadium.
The 33-year-old is now back running and hopes to return to training with the rest of the Stoke City squad by the end of April.
Odemwingie says he cannot wait for his return to first-team football and is looking to mark his return with a goal.
“I am positive I can get some games in before the end of the season,” he told the Stoke Sentinel.
The former WBA man added that he has been given the all clear to return before the end of the current season by the club’s medical staff.
“The medical staff have said that if I get a game or two it will be a bonus but the way I am feeling right now I don’t feel like it will be just a bonus; it’s the target.
“I am approaching the six-month mark which is normally the minimum recovery time but I don’t feel under pressure to rush back because the team is doing really well.
“But hopefully, the way things are going at the moment, I will take part in one or two games this season – and if I can score it will probably be the most special goal of my career.
“I will be coming back from a place where maybe some people thought it would be impossible to come back from considering my age.
“It will be emotional not just to score but to wear a Stoke City shirt again,” he said.
Odemwingie scored five times in 15 appearances to help the Potters to 50 points and ninth place last season, both record highs since winning promotion back to the top flight in 2008.