Chris Morrow is targeting a timely return to action to boost Crusaders’ title drive this season.
The Crues sit three points clear at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership with 10 games remaining.
A first Gibson Cup in 18 years remains on the Seaview club’s radar as they approach the business end of the season.
Midfield maestro Morrow has been sidelined since fracturing his right ankle against Linfield in late September.
It has been a long road to recovery for the 29-year-old, but one that the player hopes is drawing to a close.
And Morrow – who will be honoured at his testimonial dinner on Saturday night – insists he is determined to help Crusaders seal Premiership glory.
“I have been back training for the past three weeks, and I am hoping to return to playing by the end of the month,” Morrow said ahead of the club’s game with Warrenpoint on Saturday.
“Our league campaign has been fantastic so far, and I just want to get back and hopefully play a part.
“It has been hugely frustrating, having to watch from the sideline. But I have tried to be a positive influence off the pitch.
“The lads are doing tremendously well and hopefully we can push on and win that elusive title.
“We are in a decent position, and we are also in the quarter-finals of the Irish Cup. We have a lot of massive games coming up.”
Morrow – who was named Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Player of the Year in 2012 – is hoping Crusaders can get back to winning trophies again.
Morrow scored the winning goal in the 2012 League Cup win over Coleraine, while the club went on to lift the Setanta Cup that same season.
A penalty shoot-out win over Derry City saw the Crues hailed as all-Ireland champions.
“Those are special memories for everyone at the club,” Morrow added.
“Scoring in the League Cup final was my biggest goal, and becoming Setanta champions was also a massive achievement.”
Morrow made his Crues debut as a 17-year-old in a County Antrim Shield defeat to Chimney Corner in 2002.
He has gone on to make 395 appearances for the Shore Road club.
“The club has come so far since those days, and a lot of success too. Hopefully we can continue that,” he added.