England will name their squad for this week's final Ashes Test at The Oval on Sunday morning and Chris Tremlett is in pole position to replace Tim Bresnan in the starting line-up.
Bresnan played a key part in the fourth Test victory in Durham but his season has now been brought to an end by a back injury.
And Surrey paceman Tremlett, who has been in the squad without playing for the last two Tests, may now get his chance on his home ground.
Graham Onions was also an unused squad member at Chester-le-Street but he now seems to be out of the picture with a broken finger.
And Steven Finn, who played in the first Test of the series but has not featured since, is therefore the leading candidate to be the fourth seamer in the squad.
England may name a 13-man squad due to the possible need for batting cover in case Kevin Pietersen's knee plays up.
James Taylor was ready to deputise for Pietersen if needed for the third Test in Manchester and looks the logical selection if a spare batsmen is required.
With the series won and the Ashes retained, there is a small chance England may give an opportunity to an up-and-coming uncapped player.
Lancashire spinner Simon Kerrigan, Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes and Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance, who has just scored a century against Australia for England Lions, are the leading contenders for a surprise call-up.