Paul Robinson has declared himself fit and ready to begin the season against Portsmouth on Saturday.
The England No.1 eased himself back into action with 45 minutes of the friendly against Porto last weekend after recovering from knee ligament damaged sustained against Aston Villa at the beginning of May.
After a hard summer of rehabilitation, Robbo is now on course to realise his aim of starting the season.
"I am fit and well and ready for selection!" reported the 25-year-old. "I wanted to play in the reserve game on Monday but it was seen as best to get another week's training under my belt and not to take any chances.
"I am not far away from where I was last season - very close."
Meanwhile, Robbo reflected that the fixture computer picked us a particularly tricky starter at Fratton Park.
"There is no good place to start - unless you are at home," he added. "You always like to play at home on the first day of the season, but that has gone against us and the draw has taken us away.
"Any away game in the Premiership on the first day of the season is going to be tough - especially against the likes of Portsmouth. We have not picked up points there over the last couple of years, but hopefully we can go there on Saturday and get our new campaign off to a great start."