Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is confident he can make a return from injury in the New Year.
The 19-year-old is yet to feature this term after aggravating an ankle injury picked up while on international duty with England in the summer.
An operation to fix the issue in September ruled Wilshere out for a further five months, but since the teenager has no complaints with his rehabilitation.
"It's coming along well, I'm working hard in the gym every day and feel I'm in good hands at Arsenal," said Wilshere.
"We've had a few injured at Arsenal in recent years, like Aaron Ramsey but they are helping me through it.
"I can't put a specific date on it, but some time in January I'm hoping for if all goes well."
Without Wilshere, Arsenal have recovered from an early-season slump winning six of their last seven and the England international believes such has been their rise, a tilt at the title isn't beyond them.
"Why not? Manchester City are strong favourites but if we carry on our run we'll keep plugging away," he said.
"Hopefully towards the end of the season they will slip up and we will keep going."
With Fabio Capello set to leave his role as England manager after the European Championships next summer, talk is rife of who will replace the Italian for the country's World Cup qualifying campaign, and Wilshere says he'd want Arsene Wenger to take over the role.
"If the boss at Arsenal wanted the job with England, I'd be delighted with that," he added.