Ched Evans hopes to be in contention for Saturday's clash with Leeds United, having completed his first 90 minutes since ankle surgery.
Speaking after Monday's U23s fixture against Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane, Evans admitted the boxes had been ticked in terms of his rehabilitation.
He remarked: "I was a bit tired, but it was about getting the 90 minutes in really and coming through the game with no issues.
"It's minutes in the tank and hopefully that's enough to be considered for the first-team now, I might just have to bide my time."
Evans added: "It's different playing in the U23s because their learning and developing their games, but it was a tough and we didn't create a lot of chances.
"The rehabilitation has gone to plan, apart from an infection post-surgery. Other than that the physios have done a great job with me and I've not been rushed back because of strength we have in the striking department."