Poli, who joined Inter on a season-long loan from Sampdoria earlier in the summer, has been hampered by a quadricep injury which has seen him play no part in the club's start to the season.
However, he finally took to the pitch for the first time in his new club colours in a 2-0 friendly defeat to Swiss side Lugano last weekend, and having pulled up fine from that brief workout, Poli is hoping a first-team debut is not far away.
"I haven't been on the pitch since August 14, and I certainly felt good," Poli told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I can say that being back on the big pitch is very positive.
"I hope I can play [against Catania] and I still have a week to work well, but it's the coach who decides at the end of the day."
And while he admits there is still work to be done as he looks to regain full fitness, the holding midfielder, known for his work rate and determination, has no doubts he will be able to contribute for Inter as they look to recover from a poor start to the campaign.
"It is clear that I must return to top physical condition. I have to do so as soon as possible.
"I am young, I want to do well and I want to contribute soon."
Inter are currently 17th in Serie A after a poor start under Gian Piero Gasperini, who has since been replaced by Claudio Ranieri, who has been tasked with leading the Nerazzurri revival.