Ben Foster looks to be winning his fitness battle for Birmingham City's crunch derby against Wolves at St Andrew’s.
The goalkeeper is responding well to treatment for the injuries he sustained during the defeat at Liverpool.
Foster limped away from Anfield with a strapping on his thigh and was markedly stooped, due to a back problem.
But Blues’ medical staff are working round the clock on the England international and he is on course to be available this weekend.
“We were worried about him,” said Alex McLeish. “But he is making good progress. He’s had a lot of treatment and relief and we expect him to make it Sunday.”
Foster took a turn for the worse when trying to stop the second of Liverpool’s five goals.
He took a whack from Luis Suarez and ended up with Stephen Carr crashing on top of him as he attempted to thwart Dirk Kuyt following up.
He carried on for almost 20 minutes but after Martin Jiranek was instructed to take a goal kick, it became clear he was in discomfort and needed to come off.
Colin Doyle replaced him for his first Premier League appearance since August 2007.
Although the prognosis regarding Foster is highly encouraging, Blues will put Jack Butland on standby for the weekend as cover.
The England under-19 keeper returned to action several weeks ago after surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand.
Butland, Blues’ reigning young-player-of-the-season, has been tipped for a bright future.
He kept goal for England when they won the under-17 European Championship last summer. Maik Taylor has been the regular back-up to Foster but he won’t play again this season after a shoulder operation.
Taylor suffered a muscle tear in November and rest was required.
In the Millwall FA Cup match in January, he tore his cruciate knee ligament in a challenge, which put at risk his availability for the Carling Cup final.
Taylor did manage to take his place on the substitutes bench at Wembley – Doyle was cup-tied – but then was ruled out again afterwards.
After withdrawing from the Northern Ireland squad for their Euro 2012 qualifiers against Serbia and Slovenia last month as his shoulder flared-up again, Taylor was booked in for surgery.
At the other end of the pitch, McLeish is keeping his fingers crossed he might be able to wheel out Nikola Zigic on Sunday.
And if the discomfort from Zigic’s troublesome groin and hip injury does subside then at best he’s likely to be among the substitutes.
Since scoring Blues’ opening goal at Wembley in the Carling Cup final Zigic has had a bad time of it.
He has missed six of Blues’ last seven matches, including the last four.
On his last appearance, as a 77th-minute substitute in the vital 2-1 home win over Bolton Wanderers, his movement soon became restricted and he returned to the treatment room.
Last week Blues pencilled in the Wolves game for his potential return and Zigic might well need surgery in the summer to correct the problem for once and all.
Meanwhile, Nathan Redmond will not be an option for McLeish for at least a fortnight because of England duty.
He is due to fly with the Three Lions for the under-17 European Championship in Serbia.
Redmond is part of John Peacock’s 18-man squad who will be looking to defend their crown.