Roy Hodgson is optimistic he will be able to bring Graham Dorrans back into the West Bromwich Albion team before the end of the season.
Dorrans has not played for the Baggies since the end of February due to an ankle injury and is not being rushed during his recovery.
The Scotland midfielder will not face Chelsea this weekend, but Hodgson feels Dorrans will return to action in the coming weeks.
"Graham's making a lot of progress but we are deliberately taking it step by step," the West Brom boss told the club's official website. "We don't want to see any regression.
Ace up the sleeve
"Every time the doctor speaks to me about him, he speaks very positively. We were never seriously targeting a return for the Chelsea game but he's still on track at the moment.
"In Dorrans we have a very, very talented player who could be an ace up the sleeve if we need him towards the end of the season."
Meanwhile, Baggies youngster Sam Mantom has signed a new two-year deal with a further year's option in the club's favour.
The 19-year-old midfielder made his first-team debut in the Carling Cup win over Leyton Orient earlier this season and has also had spells on loan at Tranmere and Oldham.