Goalkeeper On The MendColin Doyle hopes to return to training next week after avoiding an operation on the shoulder injury he sustained in the season opener at Colchester United.
The goalkeeper popped his shoulder during an impressive debut for the club earlier this month and initially feared a three-month absence from the first-team picture.
A visit to a specialist allayed such fears though, and the Irishman has since been working hard behind-the-scenes to get back out on the pitch.
"I feared the worst when I did it, I had a scan on the Monday and thought that I might need an operation," Doyle said. "I saw a specialist on the Tuesday and he told me to rehab it and see how it is after three or four weeks. Hopefully next week I'll be back in training and it will all be well and good.
"An operation would have meant 12 weeks out, which is not what you want when you move to a new club and play one game. Touch wood, up to now I haven't had many injuries - apart from a couple when I was younger - so an operation would have meant my longest spell out.
"I'm now strengthening it back up and I've done a few things with Banksy. I haven't dived on it yet but I've done a little bit on the mat and it felt alright. Hopefully I can start diving on it fully and be back in training next week."
The 30-year-old has been joined on the sidelines so far this season by John Herron and Jarrett Rivers, however both players are also nearing returns to training.