Norwich City boss Peter Grant has vowed to take his time and not rush Robert Earnshaw back into action before the striker's groin injury is fully healed.
Earnshaw has been sidelined since tearing a groin muscle in January with the injury expected to keep the Wales international on the sidelines until the summer.
Recent reports had suggested the Canaries striker could play again this season, but Grant won't rush the 25-year-old back before he is 100 per cent ready.
"He's doing fantastically well, but if we get him back before the end of the season I will be absolutely delighted," said Grant.
"He's progressing well with the exercises he's doing, but there's a difference between the things he's doing at the moment and going out and kicking a ball, running, twisting and jumping.
"He's feeling a lot better and we feel he's on a par with where he should be.
"I'd love for him, from a psychological point of view, to play before the end of the season because then he won't be sitting there all summer wondering whether he's going to be fit.
"He's got a good chance of doing that, but the start of next season is the vital time for me and I would never risk him if there was any doubt."