Everton's injured midfielder Tim Cahill is hoping to be back in action ahead of schedule. The Australian is recovering from medial knee ligament damage after an accidental clash with team-mate Lee Carsley a fortnight ago and has been ruled out for between six and eight weeks.
However, Cahill considers himself a "quick healer" and feels he could play before the new year.
He made a quick recovery from injury ahead of the World Cup finals in Germany, surprising many by being able to figure in the tournament. He said: "It is not the best news to be out with an injury, but the biggest thing is that it's not a cruciate and that I am not out for six months.
"I'd like to think I am a quick healer. I have been fortunate enough that I have recovered from major injuries quite quickly. I am very optimistic that if I do everything right then I will pick up the rewards."
Cahill will visit a specialist next week to make sure there is no further cartilage damage to his right knee which could lengthen the time he is out, but the 27- year-old is confident that will not be the case.
"Before the World Cup I only had six weeks to get a posterior tear right, I did everything I could and I think if I do the same thing again I could, maybe, be playing at the end of December or the start of January. I am coming in for work and treatment three times a day to give my knee the best possible chance."