West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo is hoping to have Jonas Olsson back in contention against Blackpool.
The Swedish defender has been sidelined since October with an Achilles problem, having hobbled off in the Baggies' 2-1 win over Fulham.
He has now returned to training and is hoping to be drafted back into the first-team fold in the not too distant future.
Di Matteo, who has seen his side concede 24 goals in the 12 games Olsson has missed, believes Saturday's FA Cup tie with Reading may come too soon for the commanding centre-half, but is confident he will be ready to face Blackpool on 15th January.
"I'm not sure if Jonas will be back for Saturday but we're hopeful he will be back for the next game against Blackpool," the Baggies boss told the club's official website.
"He has been out for a long time and he is a very important player for us.
"We haven't lost many games with him in the team."
Another man set to miss out on a trip to the Madejski Stadium this weekend is Marek Cech, with the Slovakian full-back forced off against Fulham on Tuesday after finding himself on the receiving end of a poor challenge from John Pantsil.
"Marek is in pain under his knee so we will have to assess him," added Di Matteo. "We will have to see how bad he is.
"The fact that the linesman was two yards away from it and didn't see or give anything is disappointing.
"My player had to come off injured and that is why I was upset.
"I didn't see it completely but it looked like he left his foot in there.
"For me it should have been a foul and maybe a card. Maybe the referee couldn't see it but the linesman was only a couple of yards away."