Newcastle defender Mike Williamson is eager to make his return from injury as he nears full fitness following an ankle injury picked up in August.
The 28-year-old centre-back, who suffered the knock against Scunthorpe in the Carling Cup, could be thrown into action sooner than expected after first-choice stoppers Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor were both hit by injuries in the defeat to Chelsea - with the latter expected to miss the rest of the season.
“I can't wait to be back. I'm looking forward to the buzz of playing again,” Williamson told The Newcastle Evening Chronicle.
“It's great that the lads have been doing so well this season and as a player you just want to be out there and join them.
“The aim is to be back out there as quickly as possible and playing again in front of our great supporters.”
Williamson is considered unlikely to make his comeback in Saturday’s away trip to Norwich City, but may be ready to play a week later against Swansea.
Taylor’s Achilles injury and Coloccini’s thigh complaint mean that the inexperienced duo of James Perch and Tamas Kadar may be called into action at Carrow Road.