Sheffield United defender Tony McMahon is hoping to be fit for the start of next season after being told he does not require surgery.
The 27-year-old was forced to play through a troublesome Achilles injury during the latter stages of this season and missed both legs of the Blades' play-off semi-final defeat to Yeovil.
The right-back is set to miss most of pre-season, but expects to have overcome the problem by the time the new season starts.
"I went to London to see the specialist again last Wednesday and the good news is I don't need further injections or to wear a protective boot," McMahon told the club's official website.
"The plan now and throughout the summer is to do plenty of strengthening work, but it isn't going to be a quick fix, it will still be the back end of pre-season when I'm fully fit.
"I played with the initial problem for two or three months, because of my character I just keep going until I can't go any further and that was the case at Portsmouth.
"It didn't settle down in time for the play-offs, which was a massive disappointment personally, but now I have to get things sorted in the summer months."