SOCCEROOS attacker Richard Garcia is closing in on a return for club Hull City after over two months on the sidelines with a knee injury which kept him out of the 2011 Asian Cup.
Garcia, who made two appearances for Australia at the 2010 World Cup, should return to fitness in time for the Socceroos clash with Germany later this month.
The 30-year-old has not played for Championship side Hull since December 28 but is back in training and nearing a return.
"It's really good to be back out on the training ground and kicking a ball again," Garcia told www.hullcityafc.net.
"It's been a while, but it's nice to be getting back into the swing of things."
Garcia had been playing up front for Hull prior to his knee injury, breaking a 30-month goal drought with a strike against Preston in November.
"I had been enjoying my football and I was experiencing a different role, playing up front by myself," he said.
"We started to find our feet, get together as a team and started getting the results we wanted. That has continued which is great."
During Garcia's absence, Hull have bolstered their attacking options with the addition of Matty Fryatt, Aaron McLean, David Amoo and Tijani Belaid while they've gone on a run where they've lost just twice in 19 league games.
Garcia concedes the Tigers' recent improvement will make it harder for him to slot back into the side, but is happy to see the club climbing the table.
"As a club, I think we have always been destined to be back up there and that was our ambition at the start of the season," he said.
"With all of the goings on, that maybe affected us at the start of the season, but we've got to grips with things and now that everything is settled off the park, we're settled on it and it shows.
"Hopefully I can get some match fitness back and get a few practice games under my belt. From there, I will try and push for a starting spot."
Hull City travel to Nottingham Forest in England's Championship on Saturday.