Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe has vowed to return to action within two months after seeing his flying start to the season derailed by injury.
The 27-year-old told the Daily Mirror he aims to shave four weeks off the estimated three months he is expected to spend on the sidelines while recovering from surgery to repair torn ankle ligaments.
Defoe, who scored his first hat-trick for England this month after helping Spurs qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stages, hopes to continue his habit of coming back from injury quicker than expected.
"When I did my metatarsal a couple of years ago, they said I'd be back after 10 weeks and I was back after six," he said. "People were joking that I must have some special blood and that I was not normal because I'd healed really quick.
"Obviously I want to take my time with this because its ligaments and the ones that I have done take a long time to heal. But hopefully I could be back in about eight weeks."
Defoe, meanwhile, is remaining philosophical after seeing his promising early season form curtailed by injury, and says Spurs will be more than capable of progressing to the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds in his absence.
"It's amazing how one minute you can be on a high, having scored my first hat-trick for England, reaching the Champions League group stages, then have your whole world come crashing down," he said.
"But everything happens for a reason and I am part of a fantastic club and a fantastic squad. The boys are quality players who are more than capable to getting through to the knockout stages."