Danny Rose is not counting down the days until his Pompey return.
There is no specific date in mind for the midfielder to be available for selection after breaking his leg against Northampton at the end of December.
It will certainly not be a quick route back to full fitness, although he is pleased with the progress made so far.
And Rose knows that remaining patient will make his recovery that much easier to deal with on a mental level.
“The best way to map out a path back to full fitness is by ticking off all those little targets along the way,” he says in the official matchday magazine for tonight’s clash with Blackburn.
“Then before you know it, you’ll be out on the grass again, doing straight line running and kicking a ball.
"The best way to map out a path back to full fitness is by ticking off all those little targets along the way."
“If you just say right at the beginning that you want to be back playing on a particular date then it can seem like a long process.
“So it’s about trying to make it easy on the mind and that’s why I haven’t set a time – I’ll just see how it goes.
“It might be that there are big strides and I’m outside again in April – that would be fantastic. But if I’m back with the rest of the group for the start of pre-season that’s also great.”
To read the full interview – where Rose also discusses the support he has received from fans and Jack Whatmough’s return to fitness – pick up a copy of the magazine from programme sellers around the ground.
Also in issue 21, Luke McGee reveals his favourite things, while Brandon Haunstrup takes the Home & Away quiz.
We take an in-depth look at Blackburn, while there are exclusive columns from Mark Catlin, Kenny Jackett and Brett Pitman.
All this and much, much more in a packed 84 pages is available for just £3.