Peterborough United striker Dave Hibbert has targeted a September return after stepping up his recovery from a dislocated knee cap.
The 25-year-old was yet to make a league start before suffering the injury in a November FA Cup clash against Stockport.
"I'm guessing I'll be back September time, something like that," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
"The physio keeps putting the reins on me because I'm desperate to get back."
Hibbert, who has scored once since arriving from Shrewsbury last summer, has been in rehabilitation with fellow injury victim Joe Lewis.
The goalkeeper missed most of Posh's successful League One play-off run-in last season after sustaining a knee injury of his own.
"We have both pushed each other on and dragged each other through the hard sessions," Hibbert added.
"You don't want any of your mates to be injured but we've probably helped each other and pushed each other on.
"I'm desperate to do the running, I'm seeing the lads breathing heavy in training and I want to be feeling that feeling."