Glenn Hoddle is looking to Molineux's medical team to wave a few magic wands before Wolverhampton Wanderers' important match at Hull on Saturday.
The Wolves manager has targeted his injury-hit club's first match at the KC Stadium as a great chance to win a third successive match for the first time since the last three games last season.
The two 1-0 wins that Wolves have achieved in successive games have come at a cost.
Captain Paul Ince's hamstring tear at Burnley was followed by a knee ligament problem for Jody Craddock against Ipswich Town at Molineux at the weekend. Although there has been noticeable improvement in the fitness of some of his other injured players, Hoddle rates Ince and Craddock's chances of being fit for Hull as "70-30 against".
Hoddle said: "The good news on Incey's hamstring is that the problem's in what you might call the better part of the muscle. But he's got a lot of congealed blood that's got to be cleared away. I don't think it's a massive problem with Jody but when you rattle knee ligaments they do take time to settle.
"With all of them we're taking it on a day-by-day basis, in the hope that they don't turn into six-week jobs, but really it's over to the medical staff. They've got to do the business."
Apart from Ince and Craddock, Hoddle has Seyi Olofinjana and Jackie McNamara out and he yesterday lost youngster Keith Lowe following a knee injury in training.
But he has Gabor Gyepes (back) and Colin Cameron (groin) on the mend, Matt Murray and Mark Clyde were due to continue their comebacks in the reserves at Preston last night, and Rob Edwards appears to have recovered from his groin injury. The more options he has, the happier Hoddle will be about his side's chances of making a statement of intent to the rest of the division.
Hoddle said: "We've got to win three back to back which we have not done all season. And to do it at Hull would be a great time of the season to do it. The down side is that we're picking up too many injuries at a very vital time. But the up side is that we're keeping the results going.
"Being without Ince and Mark Kennedy on Saturday left us with no defensive midfield option.
"Although Darren Anderton hadn't played for a while, he came in and had to dig in deep for a 34-year-old and battled through for us. That's the attitude we have to have. We had people out there who hadn't had much football. We were running on empty at the end and we had to work very hard for it. But we just have to keep showing the same spirit and belief."