PAWEL ABBOTT aims to be firing on all cylinders by the time Town's festive fixtures come around.
The striker, who was 25 on Saturday, is making good progress after a double hernia operation and has been jogging on a treadmill and on grass under the guidance of club physio Lee Martin.
He will be stepping things up this week with a view to figuring in the Reserves' Pontin's Holidays League Central Division match at Bradford City tomorrow week.
Coming through the last second-team game of this year would put him in line for possible inclusion in plans for the League I game against Northampton at the Galpharm a week on Saturday.
After that, Town visit Chesterfield on Saturday December 20 before home games against Tranmere on Boxing Day (a Tuesday) and Swansea the Saturday after.
It's Doncaster at their new stadium on New Year's Day and Yeovil away on Friday, January 5, an evening game which will be screened live by Sky Sports.
It's been a stop-start season for Abbott, but boss Peter Jackson believes the three-goal man can come good as Town aim to force their way back into the League I promotion picture, starting with a victory at Millwall tomorrow.
He said: "Pav has certainly been hampered by the injury, but after the operation, he should be as good as new.
"He has worked hard on his rehab and a return to full training is imminent, which is good news given the busy programme which lies ahead.
"Hopefully he will figure in at least part of the Reserve game at Bradford, and if all goes well, he could come into the frame for the Northampton match."
* Town's one outstanding Reserve match, at home to Birmingham, will take place on Wednesday January 31 (2.00).
It should have been played this Wednesday but was postponed because of the FA Youth Cup third-round tie at Luton on the same day (7.00).