Derby defender Jake Buxton could be back in training in four weeks after groin surgery proved a success.
The former Burton Albion centre-half has been plagued by a groin problem which restricted his first season at Pride Park to 24 appearances.
But the 25-year-old hopes to be fit and raring to go within weeks after successful surgery to rectify the problem.
He told the Derby Telegraph: "I went to see one of the best groin surgeons in the country and I am grateful for what the club has done for me.
"The surgeon believes he has repaired the problem and hopefully I'll be good to go in four weeks which is brilliant news for me.
"I've been given a rehabilitation sheet by the surgeon and the plan in the next four weeks is to stick to that.
"Then it will be a case of doing what the other lads have done in pre-season, but on my own, although there might be one or two others joining in by then, like Stephen Pearson and Miles Addison, who are also recovering from operations."