Harry Redknapp believes Luka Modric could be back in action for Tottenham after the international break.
The Croatian playmaker started the season in sublime form before fracturing his right fibula against Birmingham at the end of August.
The initial diagnosis was that Modric was likely to be sidelined for around six weeks and Redknapp insists his rehabilitation is going to plan.
Modric will therefore miss this Saturday's trip to Bolton but Redknapp is hopeful he will be back in contention for the clash with Portsmouth on 17th October.
"He's coming along okay, it's a matter of waiting for the bone to heal now," said the Spurs boss.
"We'll see how it goes. We have a break of two weeks coming up after the Bolton game so that could be enough time to get him back playing after that international break."
Redknapp is also monitoring the progress of centre-back Jonathan Woodgate, who has not played this season due to a groin injury and is looking to avoid further surgery.
"He had the injection and feels a lot easier. We hope that does the trick rather than operating again," Redknapp said.