West Bromwich Albion's injury problems might be easing but Tony Mowbray is still lamenting the loss, through suspension, of Jonathan Greening for the match away to Burnley on Saturday.
Greening has been a revelation in the centre of midfield over the past eight matches but his caution during the match at home to Norwich City last Saturday, which Albion lost 1-0, was his fifth of the season.
He will serve a one-match ban and Mowbray, the Albion manager, will be forced to make alternative arrangements to maintain the creativity in the midfield.
Mowbray is baffled that his team have picked up only one point from their past four matches but he is optimistic that everything will come together, especially with competition for places becoming more fierce.
Zoltan Gera (calf), Nigel Quashie (ankle), and Richard Chaplow (back) missed the match against Norwich because of injury but are likely to be fit to face Burnley.
On the debit side, Chris Perry, Diomansy Kamara and Ronnie Wallwork are each one yellow card away from a suspension and have been urged to show appropriate caution.
But, for now, it is the loss of Greening that most concerns Mowbray.
"I've always known Jonathan is a really good football player and what I'm learning is that he has a personality I enjoy working with," Mowbray said. "He is an honest boy who works hard in training every day and applies himself to what you ask him to do.
"He's done exceptionally well and has the versatility to play anywhere in midfield. I'm very pleased with Jonathan's contribution over the last month or so. He will obviously be a loss on Saturday.
"But, if the likes of Chappy, Zoltan and Nigel get themselves fit, we'll hopefully still have options there. After another seven days, I hope to have them ready for Saturday's game.
"We need all hands to the pump at the moment, with our best players out on the field trying to win games.
"Although I never push players who are not 100 per cent fit to play, because of the potential negatives of losing them for a lot longer, I would hope to get them out training and looking forward to trying to make a difference at the weekend."
If Chaplow plays, he will face his former club. It was while with Burnley that the midfield player impressed Bryan Robson, the former Albion manager, and a deal to take Chaplow to The Hawthorns was struck.
But Chaplow did not enjoy a regular run in the team and he was sent to Southampton for a loan spell. He started 11 league matches for Southampton towards the end of last season but has started only nine league matches for Albion since joining the club in January 2005.
"Chappy came to the fore playing for Burnley and doing exceptionally well," Mowbray said. "He's got a back problem and these type of injuries can either flare up or go away just as quickly as they come.
"I'm hopeful he'll train. Hopefully, the problem will stay away and he'll have a full week's training."