Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell is closing in on a return to action after being ruled out since August 2010.
The 24-year-old is back in training after recovering from a serious knee injury that has limited him to just four appearances in a year-and-a-half.
It will be a welcome return for Black Cats fans who have witnessed their side struggle for goals in recent games, having failed to score since a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa in October.
Earlier this week, Campbell told his Twitter followers that he was hoping to be back involved by Christmas but manager Steve Bruce is hopeful of an earlier return.
Bruce said: "The good thing we can report is that Fraizer Campbell has come through another week of training with the first team.
"Touch wood, at the moment he looks remarkably good for somebody who has been out for the best part of a couple of seasons.
"We hope he can play in a game in the next 10 days or so and let's hope we can get Fraizer Campbell up and ready.
"That would be a massive boost to everybody because he has been out that long, we have forgotten what a very good player we have lost over the last few months."
Campbell signed for Sunderland in 2009 and has scored seven goals for the North East club since joining.
He was initially ruled out with a cruciate ligament tear suffered just four games into last season before injuring his knee on his return to training.
Very good player
Bruce admits he cannot wait to have the frontman back: "Fraizer is a very, very good player.
"We hope he can shake off the injury. He has been out for the best part of two seasons, which has been tough for him.
"But I have to say the way he has trained and the way he has played; his infectious enthusiasm around the training ground is a joy to watch for somebody who has been badly injured like he has.
"He will give the whole team and the whole club a lift if he can get back to playing the way he was."