Sam Vokes say he cannot wait to be back from injury after he stepped up his rehabilitation programme further on the road to recovery.
The Welsh international, who ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Leicester City back in March, has since seen his Clarets teammates promoted to the Premier League as well as a new influx of players being added to Sean Dyche’s ranks.
And as he continues to build up his football fitness, Vokes insists it is fantastic to be around the group as they settle into life in the top-flight while looking ahead to rejoining his Claret comrades on the pitch in the future.
Vokes said: “It’s been five months since my operation this Wednesday so it’s another milestone for me, another month down the road and another month where I’ve improved.
“I’ve been in the physio room ticking down the days until I can get back and it's all working towards the big goal at the end.
“It was my first day of pre-season yesterday and I’m still feeling the effects of it today!
“It was a hard running session with the sports scientist Mark Howard trying to get my football fitness back.
“It’s good to get back outside, out of the gym and into the fresh air again. For me to build the strength in my knee back up on grass is a big thing.
“Obviously it was a big year last year and it was great to be a part of but naturally there has been a lot that has happened since then.
“But it’s great to be around the place and the gaffer has kept me involved in everything while I’ve been injured.”
The 24-year-old contributed a career-best 21 goals in the 2013/14 as his prolific strike pairing with Danny Ings formed an integral part of the automatic promotion.
Vokes was subsequently voted as the Clarets Player of the Year and he admits that when the Premier League curtain raiser against Chelsea came around, he found it tough when he was not in the thick of the
He added: “Chelsea at home was probably the most difficult part of it all to be honest.
“It was good to see the buzz around the place but obviously you want to put your shirt on and walking out in front of the fans at the start of the game.
“That’s part of parcel of it though unfortunately and we’ll be playing those games when I get back so I look forward to it.
"I wouldn't like to put a set date to when I'll be back.
"For me it’s all about coming in every day and grafting in the gym and outside as well now and when it comes it’ll happen. I can’t wait for that day!”