Jeremie Aliadiere hopes to return to action in time for Middlesbrough's next home match.
The former Arsenal star picked up a hamstring injury against West Ham last month, but he is now hoping to return in time for the clash with Chelsea on 21st October.
"I expect to be back and available for the Chelsea game," revealed Aliadiere.
"That's my target and, at the moment, I'm fairly confident of hitting it.
"I'm feeling much better. I had a scan on Monday morning and it showed the damage I had is now back to normal and repaired.
"That means I can start to push things forward a bit more now, and I'm hoping to be back in training in a week or so.
"With the international break coming around then, that should mean I have at least a week of full training to get myself in shape for the Chelsea game."
Aliadiere's injury could not have come at a worse time for Boro, as soon after they also list Mido and Tuncay Sanli - both of whom are still struggling for fitness.
"It's been a difficult period because a lot of our players have been injured at the same time," added Aliadiere.
"The problems seem to have really hit the strikers. Not only have I been out, but Tuncay and Mido have had their problems as well.
"We started the season off quite well, but we haven't been scoring enough goals recently. It hasn't really been a lack of chances - I think we've been playing well enough in the majority of the games - it's just that none of the strikers have been fit enough to play a full 90 minutes.
"We're going to have battle our way through the Manchester City game at the weekend, but hopefully things will be back to how they were after the international break."