Australian jockey Michael Rodd hopes to be back from his wrist injury for the New Year's Day meeting at Sha Tin with a positive report this week. Rodd has not ridden since suffering multiple wrist fractures in a spectacular fall from Kowloon Star at Sha Tin on October 30 when his mount bled at the 700 metres, but is hoping to get the all-clear to ride work again next Wednesday. 'The wrist feels good but that's without having any real pressure on it and the X-rays will tell the story. Hopefully, the doctor will clear me to ride work again,' Rodd said. 'I've already started to think about my weight and fitness seriously again and prepare myself to ride and this is the next step. My goal is to be back for rides at the New Year's meeting.' The injury was a cruel blow to Rodd who had made a brilliant start to his season with a treble on opening day and another four winners followed before the interruption. The Jockey Club recognised that great start with an extension to Rodd's club contract, despite him missing almost two months with the damaged wrist and the young rider is keen to justify the club's confidence. 'It hasn't been easy not riding for so long. It get frustrating fairly quickly and I'm very keen to get going again,' Rodd said. 'I've been back in Hong Kong for a little while and I did my best to soak up some of the atmosphere from the international meeting last week but being a spectator isn't quite the same as riding at a big event like that.' Rodd had made a good link with the John Moore stable early in the term but, with Christophe Soumillon now the retained rider for the yard, he will have to look elsewhere for opportunities.