Club captain Jamie has worked overtime on our training break in Dubai as he battles back to full fitness after knee surgery.
The midfielder has taken on extra sessions in temperatures topping the 80F mark.
Coach Chris said: "Jamie realises that most of the lads have a head start on him because they have been playing regular games so every day he's done a bit more to get to the levels he needs to get to.
"He's been unfortunate because he's one who always wants to train and play but he's well on his way back now.
"He's played in four reserve games and certainly in training his attitude and application has been as good as always.
"I just think it's good for him to be back in the frame and competing along with the rest of the lads.
"All Jamie can do is get to the fitness levels he needs to get to.
"He's played four reserve games and the last match against Southampton was probably the best he's been and he's done himself no harm as regards of being involved in squads for the coming games.
"What we need to do is see how the next five or six days go but he couldn't have done much more."
Chris Hughton believes the fact that Jamie Redknapp is closing in on a return will give him an extra boost as he seeks to win his place back.