Nigel Quashie is back in the West Midlands and undergoing treatment from West Bromwich Albion physiotherapist Nick Worth after being ruled out of Scotland's Euro 2008 qualifiers, writes Ian Clarkson.
The midfielder sustained an ankle injury in Albion's 2-2 draw at Luton 12 days hitherto and has since been on the sidelines.
He travelled with the Scotland squad optimistic that he would be fit to face France and Ukraine but has admitted defeat and faces a race to be fit for their match at Ipswich in ten days' time. Albion are still working towards appointing a new manager for the match at Portman Road but there is still no definitive timescale on when an announcement will be made.
Interviews are said to be ongoing for the vacant managerial role and board members at the club are content progress is being made.
Whoever is appointed will be hoping a hefty injury list has cleared ensuring the likes of Jonathan Greening and Ronnie Wallwork can return to their favoured positions.
Both of the aforementioned duo have been forced to play in an emergency right-back role in recent weeks as Albion's defensive options were stretched to the limit and beyond.
However, left-back Paul Robinson has been suitably impressed with the latest additions to Albion's last line of defence.
"He (Greening) has been on the bench for the last few games but he's not the type of player to sulk or moan about being dropped," Robinson said.
"He was given his chance in the middle of the park against Leeds and it was unfortunate that he had to go to right-back when Paul McShane was sent off.
"But he's done well at right-back a couple of times before and he slotted in like he has been playing there for years.
"In fact, I think our own injury problems have seen us find our very own Juan Pablo Sorin," Robinson said jokingly, comparing Greening to Argentina's similarly hirsute full-back.
While Greening has staked a claim for a starting place, Robinson is keen to see Albion's injury list shrink to more realistic proportions.
"Curtis Davies is hopeful of coming back from a broken foot," he said. "Curtis is a quality player and has been very unlucky with injury.
"It will be good to have him back. In fact, it looks as though we're going to have a selection headache for the Ipswich game as Ronnie (Wallwork) and Nigel (Quashie) are likely to be OK."