Injured Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt is hoping to make a quicker than expected return to action.
The Netherlands international injured his shoulder while away with the national team this week and an initial medical diagnosis put his recovery period at around one month.
However, with the Europa League encounter against former club Utrecht coming up at the end of September, Kuyt is desperate to make a speedy recovery.
The 30-year-old suffered the injury during the Netherlands’ 5-0 victory against San Marino on Friday, landing awkwardly as he stretched to reach a cross.
“I hope I will make it (for Utrecht) but it all depends on how the injury heals in the first few days,” he said.
“I have made a thousand of these moves before without any problems.”
Kuyt is expected to miss Premier League games against Birmingham City, Manchester United and Sunderland alongside the opening Europa League group stage clash against Steaua Bucharest.
Speaking earlier in the week, club doctor Dr Peter Brukner predicted a four-week absence for the versatile frontman, saying:“Dirk has damaged his shoulder at the A-C joint, which is between the collar bone and the shoulder.
“He is likely to be out for four weeks.”