Derby County striker Chris Porter hopes to back in action by Christmas following a hip operation.
The former Motherwell player has made only three starts for the Rams since joining the Championship club in January as boss Nigel Clough's first signing.
Porter has undergone a hip impingement, where bone is shaved away, in order to cure an ongoing problem.
The 25-year-old now believes the surgery has been a success and he has set his sights on a return before late December.
"It turned out that there were a few things wrong with my hip," he told The Rams.
"There were two pieces of bone that shouldn't have been where they were, so they have been removed and the operation was a success.
"I realised I had to be positive and I know I'll be back from this. It's now three weeks since the op and I've made good progress, I believe.
"I have to be on crutches for a while yet so I am a bit limited in what I can do. I am hoping, if possible, to be back a little earlier than late December.
"There are a lot of games over Christmas, so it would be good to be back by then. I am not writing my season off by any means.
"I don't want to be the forgotten man. Being out injured is frustrating after a good start to my Derby career.
"I just want to get back to how I was playing in my first few games."