Ben Gibson is counting down the days until he can re-launch his Clarets’ career.
The summer signing has endured an injury-hit start to his time at Turf Moor.
But following a second bout of surgery to clear up a hernia problem, the former Middlesbrough captain is closing in on the chance to make a comeback and get his Burnley stay up-and-running.
“I’m getting there,” said Gibson, who is putting in over-time at the Clarets' training ground during the international break to build up his fitness.
“Obviously, it’s been a really frustrating start, not the start you’d ever want, coming to a new football club.
“You want to come, make your mark and show everyone; show the players, the fans, the manager and the coaching staff what I can do.
“I haven’t really been able to do that, so I’m really looking forward to getting back out there and fighting for my place and helping the club achieve what we want to achieve.”
Gibson did play twice for the Clarets in the Europa League following his arrival from Boro in early August – helping keep a clean sheet on his Burnley debut as Sean Dyche’s men got past Turkish outfit Istanbul Basaksehir in the second qualifying round.
The former England Under-21 international then made it back as far as the Under-23s last month following an initial operation.
And after further surgery to finally eradicate a troublesome groin problem, Gibson is working hard on his rehabilitation and eyeing a return as the Clarets head towards their busiest period of the season when they will play nine games in a little over five weeks - starting at home to Newcastle United on 26 November with the chance to build on last Saturday's goalless draw at Leicester City.
“There couldn’t be a better time to be coming back into it. There are lots of games and lots of minutes,” the central defender told Clarets Player HD.
“People pick up injuries and suspensions, or whatever it may be, so the more players we can have fit and the full squad, the better.
“The festive period is fantastic. That’s what’s coming. It’s the best time to play your football. Everyone’s buzzing and everyone can’t wait to get the games in.
“You can soon get on a run, so hopefully we will come back fresh from the break.
“Hopefully I will be a part of it, physically that everything will be okay, and we will be able to kick on and get one result and that will roll into two and three.”
Watch the full interview with Ben as part of the latest edition of Turf More, free on Clarets Player, on Friday.