Steve Harper is back in training at Newcastle and setting his sights on a first-team return.
The Magpies keeper has been out of action since sustaining a shoulder injury against Everton in September.
A frustrating spell on the sidelines is coming towards a close, though, as he has been able to take part in full training this week.
Harper admits he is still some way short of the fitness levels required to compete in the Premier League, but hopes he will be back in contention by the turn of the year.
"Now I'm just getting the confidence in my shoulder up and testing myself more and more every day," Harper told Newcastle's official website.
"I'm just looking forward to getting back out there and having a game, hopefully they might arrange an indoor match for me, and then I'd hope to be in contention later in the month, after a couple more weeks of getting up to speed."
Harper knows he will face a battle to oust Tim Krul from the Magpies side, with the Dutchman having impressed while deputising between the sticks, but is confident he will soon be knocking on the door for a recall.
He added: "The physical side is 99 per cent there: the last one per cent is the mental side, getting over it, getting used to flying around again, which unfortunately does take time. But hopefully in a couple of weeks' time, I'll be back and giving the manager a headache.
"I feel really good. It's great to be back training after 10 weeks of not diving around, and I must pay credit to the fantastic medical staff who have helped me."