Marc Albrighton has said he hopes to return to Paul Lambert's first team plans at Aston Villa next month.
Albrighton, 22, has been sidelined for three months with a stress fracture of the foot, an injury he suffered on the first day of pre-season.
The England Under-21 international has been given permission to return to full training and expects to be in contention for a place in Lambert's squad for the trip to Spurs on October 7.
"Hopefully I will have a couple of weeks to get sharp and then I can get going again," Albrighton said. "It's a dream to be back.
"I have been doing full training with the group. I had a few sessions with the fitness coach and the physios previously, and it went fine. Touch wood, I'm back now."
Frustrated Albrighton says it has been a "nightmare" being out so long and not having the chance to impress new manager Lambert.
It is more likely that he will have to wait longer than a couple of weeks for that opportunity, with Villa likely to wait until after the next round of World Cup qualifiers, on October 12 and 16, to re-introduce him.
Albrighton said he might not have had such a delayed start to the new season if he had not attempted to train through the injury when it first happened.
"I did it running down the wing in training. I went to pass the ball, changed direction and ended up with a stress fracture in my foot," he explained.
"I trained on it for a week because I didn't know I had done anything. It kept getting worse each day, and when I went for a scan it came back that I had a stress fracture. It was a bolt from the blue. It was a shock.
"It's been so frustrating. But it's just a setback, a little knock in reality, and nothing to get too down about. I will get back on the horse and go again."