Jockey Michael Walker has received positive news relating to his troublesome back and is growing in confidence that he will make a return to the saddle.
Walker's career was put on hold on February 17 when he had to be helped off a horse at Moonee Valley as a result of severe pain in his lower back.
Surgery followed with Walker undergoing a microdiscectomy on his L4/L5 and his recovery has been positive.
"I went and saw Dr Zimmerman on Wednesday and he is confident I will be back and that has given me confidence," Walker said.
"We are not too sure when that will be, I feel good, I feel like I could get back in the saddle now but I've got to take my time and complete my rehabilitation.
"I'm not going to rush it. If it is the spring, then great. If I need longer, I'll do what it takes."
Walker has been frustrated by a run of injuries which has stalled his momentum over the past two seasons and he is hopeful the latest surgery will finally have his body back to full health.
"Every time I get going something else happens, I just want to get back and get back in to the swing of things without being stopped by injury," he said.
"Fingers crossed this can happen because riding is what I really love doing."
Michael Walker winning at Caulfield on Criterion (NZ) in 2016, picture Quentinjlang.com