Reading goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann is fighting to prove he is fit enough to face Manchester United in the opening Premier League game of the season.
The American has yet to play in a pre-season friendly after breaking his right hand against Blackburn on the final day of last term.
He aims to put that right by facing Wolves on Saturday after returning to full training.
The 35-year-old told the Reading Evening Post: 'I think I will be ready for United. That's the ultimate aim.
'I had the all-clear from the doctor last week. I am back in training and the Wolves game is what I am shooting for first.'
Royals boss Steve Coppell would have to turn to either Graham Stack, the former Arsenal reserve who spent much of last season on loan to Leeds, or young Australian Adam Federici.
And Coppell warned: 'A small-sided game in training is probably better for Marcus than a match (at the moment).
'I wish he was two weeks further down the line as there are still things he can't do, but he is facing full-powered shots now.'
Meanwhile Coppell, who admits he is looking to add a new midfielder and winger to his squad before the season kicks off, insists he has had no bid for Seol Ki-Heon. The South Korean winger being linked with Fulham.
Coppell said: 'I have heard nothing from Lawrie Sanchez or anybody else about Seol. The bottom line is that Seol wants to play and that's just what he is doing.
'While that is the case there is no problem with him.'