Stoke manager Tony Pulis has revealed that Ricardo Fuller could feature against Blackburn on Saturday.
The 30-year-old striker was stretchered off during the 2-1 win at Newcastle last weekend with a shoulder injury, having only been on the pitch 18 minutes.
First fears suggested the Jamaica international may have fractured his shoulder but Pulis says he is recovering well, with the injury only a dislocation.
"We don't think Ric is as bad as we initially thought," said Pulis.
"Fingers crossed he might have an outside chance for Saturday. I'm hoping he'll be fit and I'll be telling him he'll have two weeks to recover after the game.
"We thought it was a major injury and we could lose him for a long time, so for it not to be as serious as first thought is a real bonus for us.
"Him, Jermaine (Pennant), Andy Wilkinson has got a little problem with his knee that we're trying to sort out - they're the three concerns for us at the moment."
Stoke picked up recently after a slow start to the Premier League season and currently sit 14th in the table with seven points from six games.
If Fuller does not make the Rovers clash, Pulis can call on a number of other options, having brought in Kenwyne Jones, Jonathan Walters and Eidur Gudjohnsen this summer.
He added: "We have more options. We have more game changers than we have had since I've been at the football club, which is what you need.
"The squad is vital. It's not the 11 you pick each week, it's the squad that takes you through."