It won’t be long now.

Oilers goalie Cam Talbot hopes to be back in the Oilers nets within days.

“I’m aiming for less than a week,” said Talbot, who took the morning skate Tuesday in Columbus and said his undisclosed soft tissue injury isn’t giving him any problems whatsoever.

This is a delicate situation, obviously. The Oilers want their starting goalie back as quickly as possible, but rushing things, even by a couple of days, could have disastrous results.

“I want to be back and they want me to be back and play, but at the same time, if I aggravate it or something like that then I’m out for an extended period again,” he said. “We’re just trying to find that fine line. Maybe I’m not 100 per cent when I come back, maybe it’s 95, but as long as there is no risk of aggravating it I’ll be ready to go.”

While the Oilers are eager to get Talbot back, it should be noted that Laurent Brossoit has been getting the job done is his absence. He allowed just five goals against during their three-game road trip and while he lets in the occasional soft one, his overall body of work lately has been very good.

Nevertheless, Talbot is their guy and he’s close.

“They (the training staff) have a timeline, but it goes off of how I feel,” said Talbot. “If I feel better sooner, great. Right now I think I’m on track to be back sooner than the original time line. I feel good right now. If I don’t have any setbacks I should be back pretty soon.”

He says it felt good to be back on the ice facing some rubber again.