Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard has reassured fans his knee injury will not rule him out for the entire campaign.
Last season's top goalscorer has yet to play this term after undergoing surgery last month and the Robins are certainly missing Maynard's predatory instincts, currently languishing fourth from bottom in the Championship table.
"I have had fans coming up to me and saying they've heard I'm going to be out for the season, or even finished, and that's simply not the case," Maynard told the Bristol Post.
"It's never been like that. Before the surgeon went into the knee, he told me it could be a nine-month job, but I think he wanted to prepare me for the worst.
"When I came round after the operation, he told me it had been a success and that I would be back within three or four months.
"I'm a month and a half in now and despite what some people are saying I'm on track. I'm on schedule to play again before Christmas and, if it's any earlier, that will be a bonus."