Picking the Wolverhampton Wanderers team to face Derby County tonight is becoming less complicated by the hour for Glenn Hoddle as he tries to inject some momentum into his team's staccato season.
The Wolves manager takes his team to Pride Park compromised by injuries in just about every position and in search of only his second Championship win since the end of September.
But he must do it without several of his key performers including Scotland international Kenny Miller, midfielder Paul Ince and regular goalkeepers Michael Oakes and Matt Murray.
Miller has been ruled out by hamstring trouble, Ince remains sidelined by a thigh problem and Oakes has suffered a knock on his ankle.
It doesn't end there though. Defender Jackie McNamara will miss the rest of the season with cruciate knee ligament damage, Mark Clyde has yet to regain full fitness following ankle surgery and teenage full-back Mark Davies is out for two weeks having had a hernia operation.
On the positive side, Rohan Ricketts is pushing for a recall and striker George Ndah could play a part after bouncing back from thigh trouble.
The absence of Oakes and Murray gives Stefan Postma the chance to lay a permanent claim on the club's goalkeeping jersey - a rare opportunity for the genial Dutchman who was brought to this country by Aston Villa more than three years ago but who has played only a handful of games in that time.
With Postma's contract at Villa Park coming to an end next summer David O'Leary has sent him out on loan and Hoddle, the Irishman's counterpart at Molineux, has challenged the player to take his chance. Which he appears to be doing.
The 29-year-old came in for the 1-1 draw at Brighton, and 2-0 win against Norwich, in which a superb save to deny Paul McVeigh at a crucial early stage helped Wolves to only their fifth clean sheet of the season.
Hoddle said: "Stefan didn't have that much to do against Norwich but the one save he made, tipping the ball over the bar, was crucial.
"He made some excellent saves at Brighton as well, although he was disappointed with the goal he conceded.
"Stefan has such a physical presence and is a very good talker. It shows the value of having a good squad when you've got someone like him to come in and now he's got his opportunity.
"He's got a chance to have a few games and show us what he can do. We've been working hard on trying to keep clean sheets because we needed to achieve and picking the one up as we did against Norwich can only be a plus for a goalkeeper."
Tom Huddlestone is set to return to his old club for the first time since his summer move to Tottenham Hotspur hoping to play the fourth game of his one-month loan. The club are hoping to extend the 18-year-old's stay for another couple of months after being impressed with his performances in midfield.
Meanwhile, Derby have fitness concerns of his own, especially over that of forward Tommy Smith.