Bored ace Kyle Howarth is angling for a return to action at Lakeside on Friday (8pm) after opting to delay surgery on torn arm ligaments.
The Sheffield captain has been out for more than a fortnight following his heat one crash at Newcastle at the back end of last month.
Medical assessments revealed Howarth would need to go under the knife but with the season in full swing, he at least has the option of waiting until the winter.
Since then it has been all about the rehabilitation to try to trim a four-to-five-week recovery period before being able to ride again.
Gym work has also been helping to beat the frustration of having to rest with fishing trips thrown in to pass the time.
And having taken significant strides in recent days, Sheffield’s number one is pushing to be back in the saddle as the reigning Championship champions tackle the high-flying Hammers.
“I am not having it operated on at the minute, I want to try to finish the season,” said Howarth.
“Surgery would finish my season so we have been taking extra precautions to put everything in place. I need to be 100% fit so I know it will be right when I go into the meetings.
“I had an MRI scan which showed it would take four to five weeks to heal as I want it to. I have been in the gym as much as possible to strengthen it and hope to be able to ride at Lakeside.
“It is coming up to three weeks since I did it and I feel good, like I am back to my old self.
“Waiting and being patient is the key, the main thing is being as strong and healthy as possible because if I come back too early that could be my season done.
“I don’t want to finish my season just yet, I want to keep going through to October and end on a high, hopefully with some silverware.
“It is boring and frustrating. I am at home most of the time so my girlfriend sees a lot of that side to it, there is nothing I can do and I have to rest it for long periods of time.
“I have been out fishing with some of the speedway lads to try to make it go a bit faster and hopefully, we will be at Lakeside.
“Even though I have been in the gym, nothing beats riding and winning races. I will be back.”
Should Howarth hit his target, he will lead a six-man Sheffield team with rider replacement in operation for Lasse Bjerre who suffered concussion in a crash against Ipswich last week.
Lakeside sit second in the table and defend a 100% home league record with a full-strength team.