Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva took another step closer to returning, going through a full practice for the first time in weeks.

Villanueva has been bothered by a right ankle injury which has limited him to six minutes this season.

"I made significant progress today," Villanueva said Friday. "I went the whole practice, my ankle didn't bother me. I feel good."

He doesn't know when he'll be available, but feels he's ahead of schedule.

Villanueva is getting ready at the right time, it seems.

After tonight's game in Memphis, Detroit is home all next week, which means plenty of practice time, before a rigorous trip begins.

"I'm very excited because I felt good out there; nothing was bothering me," he said.

"Tomorrow's another day for me to get better. The way I'm feeling, it'll be OK."

Whenever Villanueva returns, he believes he'll be better equipped to play both ends, having lost 20 pounds (down to 235), the lowest since his second season (2006-07).

"(Losing weight) was one of my goals," he said. "The fact I had to stay off my feet, I had to do something.

"(Trainer Arnie Kander's) got me in the program, he has my weight right where I need to be."

Pistons coach Lawrence Frank was impressed with what he saw.