Solly March labelled his latest injury as the 'most frustrating one' after making his Albion comeback in the 0-0 draw with Rangers.
The wing-back hobbled off in the 1-0 win at Liverpool in February, and following knee surgery has completed his rehabilitation in time for the beginning of the new season.
“It was great to be back as it's been a tough time out. It was only 45 minutes [against Rangers], but I came through it unscathed and now I need to build on that and hopefully get to full fitness by the end of pre-season.
“It was the most frustrating injury as I thought I was in really good form, even though it wasn't as long out as the previous injury I had.
“The timing wasn’t great but when you’re playing well you want to keep playing for as long as possible. My aim is to get to that level again and improve on that.”
The 27-year-old says the squad should set their sights high when the new season kicks off at Burnley on 14 August.
“As a team our aim is to finish top ten. Some people might say that’s a bit high, but we have got the capability to do that if we improve at the top end of the pitch a bit. I don’t see why we can’t get there – especially if we work hard and believe in ourselves.
“In a lot of games last season we outplayed the opposition, we keep the ball well and play nice football, it’s just that ruthlessness we need to find. If we do that it’s going to be a good season.
“Hopefully having 30,000 supporters behind us at the Amex can help us too. It’s been nearly two years of playing behind closed doors and it’s a lot different without fans. I can’t wait for them to be back.”