TIM Bresnan is hoping to be back in first-team contention early next month as he progresses his recovery from a calf tear.

The former England all-rounder, 34, suffered his injury while bowling in the second innings of the mid-May Championship win over Kent at Canterbury.

But he is back in the nets now with Yorkshire’s fringe, second-team and Academy players and confident that a return to action is not too far away.

“I’m ticking all the boxes and doing everything which has been put in front of me with not too much of an issue,” he said.

“Hopefully that continues and I can get back to playing as soon as possible.

“I’m back into cricket now. I’ve been on my feet for a little while and am getting back up to fullish speed - whatever that is these days. I feel in pretty good nick.

“It should be around another three weeks, but it’s difficult because in the timeframe that we’ve got there’s no real second-team or Academy cricket to get some overs in.

“It’s going to have to be in the nets and stuff like that, but it’s a bit of a risk going straight into a first-class game having just bowled in the nets.

“The protocol is to prove your fitness in the seconds before you get pushed into the first-class stuff.”

While Bresnan is back working on his skills at Emerald Headingley, he said: “It’s frustrating when you have an injury, but all you can really do is focus on getting back.

“There’s still a lot of cricket left to be played, and hopefully I can contribute through the middle and towards the latter end of the season.

“It’s been good to be around these boys, who are still working their games out. It’s good to pass on the old golden nugget if I’ve got one. That’s quite rewarding.”

Down at Guildford, against Surrey, Yorkshire are set for their third straight rain-affected draw having previously been held to home stalemates against Hampshire and Essex.

“The weather’s been frustrating everyone, and no one’s really got too far ahead,” added Bresnan.

“Somerset have had a couple of good wins, but we’re not that far behind. We still have them to play.”