Rangers have welcomed news that Nacho Novo could be fit for cup duty against Hamilton this weekend.
The Spanish striker lasted just 13 minutes of Sunday's 1-1 draw with Old Firm rivals Celtic before being replaced by Maurice Edu.
A heavy collision with Hoops striker Georgios Samaras led to internal bleeding in his thigh and it was expected that he would out of action for between two and three weeks.
However, it appears that the problem is not as bad as first feared and Novo, along with Kevin Thomson, could now be in contention for Sunday's Active Nation Scottish Cup fourth-round clash at New Douglas Park.
"Kevin is one who I'd hope will be fit for the weekend and Nacho has a chance," Gers boss Walter Smith told the club's official website.
"It looked like a bad knock in the thigh for him at the weekend but the physiotherapists have been working hard on it.
"As such, there may now be an opportunity for him to play after all this weekend after it seemed he might be out.
"As for the rest, we'll need to wait and see.
"DaMarcus (Beasley) and Pedro (Mendes) are both coming along well and we're hopeful of having a couple of players back."