Celtic winger James Forrest hopes to step up his comeback from an ankle injury next week after a predicted one-week lay-off turned into a lengthy absence.
Forrest was told he would be out for a week after suffering an ankle injury in a 3-0 victory over Hearts on September 11, but the 19-year-old has still not returned to full training ahead of Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Inverness.
Forrest told the Huddle Online: "I got told I was only going to be out for a week but it has dragged on. It has made it even worse because I got told I would only be out for a few days."
However, Forrest is confident he can quickly recapture the form that forced him into the first-team reckoning in the opening weeks of the season.
The teenager is using his comeback from a previous injury lay-off as inspiration ahead of his return.
"I was out seven months with my groin," Forrest recalled. "I had an operation as well.
"That was absolute murder, that was a terrible year. But I got back and showed what I can do so since then and hopefully I can do that with this injury as well.
"When I came back and played that year after the operation I just felt the same as I had before. I`ve not had an operation this time so hopefully I can do the same."
Forrest added: "I started running three or four weeks ago so hopefully now I can kick on if I don`t get a reaction.
"The last three weeks I have been running pain free. I had a wee setback last week but the plan is maybe to train one day last week. I will see what happens."