Yakubu AiyegbeniÂ thinks he will be fit Evertonâ€™s opening match of the season against Arsenal.
The Nigerian striker ruptured his Achilles against Tottenham Hotspur last November and has since undergone a strict rehabilitation programme.
After responding well to treatment he has set his sights on the Toffeesâ€™ Barclays Premier League match with the Gunners on 15th August as his return date.
The Â£11.25m signing is also preparing to travel with the rest of the squad to America to take part in the clubâ€™s pre-season tour.
â€œIâ€™m getting better and training every day with the physio who is so wonderful to me,â€ he told the clubâ€™s official website.
â€œAt the moment it is good and there is no reaction and hopefully I will join them in pre-season, which is good news.
â€œFor almost eight months I havenâ€™t been playing football but at the moment itâ€™s great. I donâ€™t know but I think at the beginning of the season Iâ€™ll be ready.â€