Kiwi pole vaulter Eliza McCartney is hoping to be back competing next month, having been plagued by a wretched run of injuries.
Battling injuries both to her heel and her Achilles over the past 12 months, McCartney has been restricted to spectating for most of the current home season, but did appear at the Vertical Pursuit in Auckland today.
Speaking to 1 NEWS, McCartney indicated her recovery is on track, and that she is eyeing a return to competition in the near future.
"My first competition that we've got planned is the first Diamond League in Shanghai," McCartney said.
"It's looking like I'm tracking fine for that. It should be my first competition.
"I shouldn't have to hold back any further from that. Not much longer now."
McCartney also opened up about missing out on competing in front of home fans, saying recovery to be fit for the European season is now her priority.
"I had to cut the season quite short, a lot shorter than I thought it would be.
"The reason is because I've got world champs at the end of the year, the Diamond League is all leading up to that, all the other competitions internationally in Europe.
"That is much more important, even though it's really neat to compete in New Zealand.
"I have to just get back to work, get myself out of rehab and get back jumping again."
The Shanghai leg of the Diamond League begins on May 18 this year.