Tony Mowbray will this weekend be faced with the kind of selection headache managers claim they enjoy as Darren Carter and Nigel Quashie return from injury.
The central midfield play-ers are expected back at training today and could come into consideration for a bit-part role at least in this Saturday's crucial match with Norwich City.
In the light of his side taking a solitary point from their last three games  encounters they have for the most part dominated  the West Bromwich Albion manager will also be lifted by the news that Zoltan Gera's calf problem is not as severe as initially feared.
But it is the recovery of the hamstrung Carter that pleases Mowbray most and he yesterday dropped a hint that the former Birmingham City man heads the list for a recall as Albion take on Peter Grant's men looking to reignite their stuttering campaign.
Assuming Gera is fit Mowbray is unlikely to change his central trio of the Hungarian, Jason Koumas  who was yesterday named in the Wales squad to play Liechtenstein later this month  and Jonathan Greening.
But with Ronnie Wallwork left out for Richard Chaplow in last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Derby County and the replacement giving a solid rather than spectacular dis-play at Pride Park, it seems Carter could be in line for a quick comeback.
Mowbray said: "Darren has worked extremely hard over the last couple of weeks to strengthen his hamstring. He's raring to go and looking forward to getting back into training. We're looking forward to getting him back as well. I think we've missed Darren.
"It's given someone else an opportunity but in the games at Ipswich and Palace I thought Darren was integral in good, solid, team performances. He brings athleticism, size and quality to the mid-field. All football teams miss good players because they win games."
No one in the Championship more so than Gera, a player of unparalleled creativity outside of the top flight.
The right-midfielder was withdrawn just before the end at Derby amid concerns that he had torn a muscle. Mowbray is confident this is not the case and suggested Gera could even be ready for this weekend.
"After the game, the physio didn't think it was as bad as we first thought," the manager said. "Zoltan's probably strained a few fibres in his calf. We'll have to wait and see but the physio wasn't ruling him out for this weekend. I don't think it's a torn calf, which could mean six weeks out. I think we're looking short term."
Quashie has missed two games after suffering a recur-rence of the ankle injury that sidelined him after September's 2-2 draw at Luton.
Meanwhile, striker Diomansy Kamara has been named the Championship Player of the Month for October after scoring six goals in five league games. The former Modena and Portsmouth forward, who turns 26 tomorrow, has been a revelation since recovering from a broken foot sustained in pre-season and has scored eight times this season.