MILLWALL captain Paul Robinson is hopeful of being fully fit to start the new season after stepping up his recovery from a double hernia operation.
Robinson, who has been undertaking a rehabilitation programme since going under the knife in June, has been forced to sit-out most of the Lions' early pre-season fitness work – including the trip to an army-style boot camp in Exmouth last week.
"My groin had been giving me a bit of trouble towards the end of the season so the physio Bobby Bacic checked it over," the 30-year-old told Lions Player.
"We went to see the specialist, and it was decided I needed a double hernia operation but hopefully I'm on the mend now.
"It's never nice having an operation but if there's a time to do it, it's during the summer. It's been three weeks since my op and my recovery time is four to six weeks, so we're taking it steadily.
"I'm outside doing some light running and plenty of rehab so that I'm strong and ready to get back into the action as quickly as possible. Hopefully I'll be ready to start the new season."