Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard has allayed fears he may miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury.
Maynard underwent an operation on his knee in August and was expected to be sidelined for up to four months.
The former Crewe Alexandra youngster is adamant his recovery is on schedule and has reassured supporters regarding his fitness.
"I have had fans coming up to me and saying they've heard I'm going to be out for the season, or even finished, and that's simply not the case," Maynard told the Bristol Post.
"It's never been like that. Before the surgeon went into the knee, he told me it could be a nine-month job, but I think he wanted to prepare me for the worst.
"When I came round after the operation, he told me it had been a success and that I would be back within three or four months.
"I'm a month-and-a-half in now and despite what some people are saying I'm on track. I'm on schedule to play again before Christmas and, if it's any earlier, that will be a bonus."