The midfielder has not featured for the Easter Road side since a win over St Johnstone in September 2021 due to a combination of groin and knee injuries.
“You can see the sharpness coming week on week so whether it’s from the start to be withdrawn, or to come on as an impact sub, I think he could be very, very close,” he explained.
And he is excited about the potential within his squad once he has everyone fully fit and firing.
“I honestly don’t think we’ve had a clean run at it, nowhere near it,” he said of a start to the season disrupted by the absence of several key men.
“If you think of all those players, think of the players we’ve signed and when we signed them, players coming in with different fitness levels and work permit issues, it’s quite exciting in terms of the potential we have moving forward, whether that’s in six weeks or when we restart after the World Cup.
“It will be very hard for me to pick not only a starting eleven but also pick the bench.”