The rocker steps up his rehab for what he hopes is a "speedy recovery," a source tells PEOPLE

Updated May 13, 2010 08:00 PM
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He’s already defied the odds by surviving a non-aneurysmal brain hemorrhage – now Bret Michaels is stepping up his physical therapy so he can return to the stage by the end of the month, according to a source.

“He’s still in rehab,” says the source. “His doctor told him to do physical therapy once a day, but he’s doing it twice a day, because he wants a speedy, 100 percent recovery.”

The buzz is that Michaels – who friends call a fighter – is pushing himself for what would likely be a dramatic first public appearance at the May 23 finale of The Celebrity Apprentice.

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But the rock star is just as keen to get back to his Roses & Thorns tour, which was first interrupted by his emergency appendectomy on April 12. In fact, the source says Michaels will probably return to the stage in as little as two weeks.

“It’s looking likely that his first date back will be May 28 at the Hard Rock in Mississippi,” says the source, who confirms that Michael’s crew will keep bus drivers informed of all the closest hospitals on each of their routes.

So he’s working hard, but how is Michaels feeling?

“Bret sounds good,” says the source. “He’s still on meds and he sounds tired.”

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