Luciano Becchio is facing two weeks of toil as Rotherham United restore their new striker to full match-fitness.
The deadline-day signing bagged his first goal for the club in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Charlton Atheltic.
And the Millers plan to use the upcoming international break to bring the 30-year-old back to peak condition.
“During that international break he’ll work harder than any athlete’s ever done in their life,” manager Steve Evans said.
“He’ll be incredibly butchered in a positive way by Paul Warne (fitness coach).
“He’ll be properly ready then.”
Rotherham are at Ipswich Town on Saturday, entertain Blackburn Rovers the following Tuesday and then travel to Nowich City on October 4 before the two-week international window takes effect.
Becchio, a prolific marksman at Championship level for Leeds United in the past, showe a goalscorer’s instinct to power a header past Addicks goalkeeper Stephen Henderson at New York Stadium.
But both the loan signing and the club acknowledge he has work to do to improve his fitness levels after a year and a half in the wilderness at Norwich.
“We’ve spoken about getting him fitter,” Evans said.
“He started the last two games (at Bournemouth and Bolton), which was the right decision, whatever anyone else says. We made a decision when he came off against Bolton that he would start on the bench against Charlton. That’s how early that decision was made.”
The Rotherham boss is confident Becchio will continue to find the net.
“He’ll score goals for us, let me tell you,” he said. Does Luciano care? Just look at his reaction to his goal.”
Meanwhile, Evans says he won’t play loan duo Paul Taylor and Anthony Wordsworth against parent club Ipswich even if there is no clause in their deals preventing it.