Chris Sutton seems set to be fit to return to the Birmingham City squad in time to face Chelsea at St Andrew's on Saturday.
The Birmingham striker, who joined the club from Celtic in January, has not played for a month after damaging a calf against Sunderland but he is expected to return to face one of his former clubs.
And if Sutton does not recover for Saturday, he will be fit to face Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night. Either way, it is just the boost that Birmingham, struggling in 18th position in the Premiership table and suffering a crisis of confidence, require.
Sutton has returned to training at Wast Hills and his return cannot come soon enough. Sutton is among the most experienced of the Birmingham players and his astuteness and ability to bring players into the game, has been missed.
Steve Bruce, the Birmingham manager, has long been cursing his luck with regards to the club's injury problems but, slowly, key players are returning to the squad.
Muzzy Izzet, the former Turkey international midfield player, also seems ready to face Chelsea. Like Sutton, Izzet has not played since the match against Sunderland because of a calf injury.
Izzet's career with Birmingham has not been smooth but that is partly because he has been encouraged to return to the team when still not recovered from previous injuries. Bruce is anxious to ensure that this never happens again.
But there is a vicious circle here. Without their best play-ers, Birmingham are a Coca-Cola Championship team - as recent results have shown. But bringing those players back from injury too early has far-reaching consequences.
It seems that Bruce cannot win.
Blues are staring relegation in the face and a failure to win at least one of the next two matches would mean a significant setback, especially with Portsmouth gaining momentum and West Bromwich Albion playing better than recent results might suggest.
Bruce's biggest problems appear to be in defence. Birmingham were fortunate to draw 1-1 with Albion this month but were finally found out when they lost 7-0 at home to Liverpool in the FA Cup sixth round on March 21.
Left-back is proving to be a problem. Jamie Clapham, Stan Lazaridis, and Marcos Painter have occupied the position in the absence of Julian Gray, with varying degrees of success.
Lazaridis was Birmingham's best player on an otherwise miserable day against Albion but his powers of recovery are no longer what they once were. He cannot play twice in a week.
Gray, however, could return to play against Chelsea after a groin injury.
The centre-back positions are the most worrying for Bruce. Kenny Cunningham performed poorly against Liverpool, while Matthew Upson has still not recovered from a groin injury.
Birmingham have not enjoyed the luxury of a settled partnership at centre back since the turn of the year the situation is unlikely to improve.
Indeed, it has been noted that Blues have fielded 30 different back-four combinations this season. For a man who distinguished himself as a defender for Manchester United in the early nineties, Bruce must cringe at such a state of affairs.
Even if Upson returns against Bolton next Tuesday, it is sure to take him time to return to his best - and by then it might be too late.