Midfielder getting closer to a returnDannie Bulman hopes to be back in training in early February as he continues his recovery from a fractured cheekbone.
Bully suffered the injury against MK Dons on Boxing Day when he was making his 300th start for the Reds.
Since then he has only been able to do certain work on strength and conditioning for fear of causing further damage to his cheekbone, which is now held together by titanium plates.
Dannie is due to see his specialist next Friday (February 7) and hopes to get the all-clear to return to full training, although he will wear a mask as protection against the injury.
The good thing for Dannie is that he has missed just three league games since the injury as the wet weather has caused several postponements.
He said: "I'm getting there. I haven't been able to do a great deal so far because if I get my heart pumping and the blood flowing it could jolt the healing bones. So I have done some stuff on the bike and cross trainer and kept myself ticking over.
"I have had two titanium plates inserted to hold my cheekbone in place. It still feels a bit numb to be honest and I'm on what the doctors call a soft food diet but hopefully I will get the all clear on Friday week and I can step things up.
"The club have been fantastic and I have had the best possible medical help. I know the lads are frustrated because of all the rain and postponements but for me the more games I can play and be involved in the better. I will have to wear a protective mask but that's fine. I don't want to be thinking about the injury when I jump for a header or anything so it's a good thing."