Injured Germany international Arne Friedrich is hopeful that he will return to training with new club Wolfsburg in six weeks.
The defender signed a three-year contract with Steve McClaren's club in July after leaving relegated Hertha Berlin in a cut-price £2million deal.
Friedrich had impressed at this summer's World Cup, however, he has been unable to play since undergoing spinal surgery at the end of August.
But the 31-year-old is optimistic that he will be able to return to action by the end of October.
"I hope to be back in training in six weeks' time," he told the German Football Association's official website.
"It would be perfect for me if I could play in two or three matches before the winter break.
"But I must not lose patience and rush back. I need to be patient, not too ambitious. It is important to recover and return when I am 100 per cent fit."
In Friedrich's absence, Wolfsburg have lost all three of their Bundesliga games this season.