Burnley manager Owen Coyle is hopeful Steven Caldwell will return to training later this week.
Caldwell suffered a groin injury on international duty for Scotland in Norway a fortnight ago and has missed Burnley's first three matches of the season.
He will also sit out the Carling Cup tie at Hartlepool on Tuesday but Coyle believes he will soon be available for selection again.
"Steven is responding better," said Coyle. "He is not quite ready to join us yet but I am hoping he joins in training at some point this week.
"Steven has been outstanding for us and is a big part of what we are doing at this football club.
"He is a gem of a man and the sooner we get him back into the group the better."
The Clarets have made a stunning start to the season in Caldwell's absence, beating both Manchester United and Everton at home following a defeat to Stoke on the opening day.
Wade Elliott scored the winning goal against the Toffees and the midfielder admits it has probably been the best week of his career.
He is taking nothing for granted though and hopes Burnley can continue to approach every match in the same manner.
"It was important to back up the three points from Wednesday night. We didn't want it to be an after the Lord Mayor's Show scenario, so it's nice to have maintained that momentum," Elliott told the Lancashire Telegraph.
"But I don't think any of us will get carried away with two results and think we can come off it and start swanning about.
"We know we've got half a chance when we're working hard.
"Don't get me wrong, I haven't had many better weeks. In fact I don't think I have had a better week in terms of results.
"But we've all been around long enough to know we're three games into a long campaign and we know we're not the same team if we take our foot off the pedal."