Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden says he will not rush his return to fitness as he continue rehab from an injured knee.
The USA international was cut down by a Jonny Evans tackle against Manchester United in March and was ruled out for up to six months.
Holden admits it is frustrating at times but will make sure that he does everything to get back to 100% before returning to the pitch sometime in September or October.
"There have been different phases of rehab. I was on crutches, then I was limited in my walking and now I'm starting to do a little bit more work," Holden told the club's official website.
"It is like someone is dangling the carrot in front of you and the obvious end goal is getting out on the pitch.
"I can't wait for that moment, but I'm pleased with my progress and I'm taking it one step at a time.
"If it was up to me, I'd be back out there with the lads now, but my body is the one telling me when I can and when I can't.
"I'm doing everything I can to make sure I can speed that process up. Some of it is just the healing and letting nature take its course.
"I'm hoping to be back maybe at the end of September or early October, but I don't want to put a date on it.
"If I'm not ready, I'm not ready, but if I am ready before that, then I'll be out there, contributing and hopefully helping the team win."
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