Stoke boss Tony Pulis claims there is still a chance that Matthew Etherington could make the FA Cup final.
The winger appeared to have seen his dreams dashed when he sustained a hamstring injury during the Potters' recent 3-0 victory over Wolves.
That knock left him with just over two weeks recovery time before Stoke head to Wembley for the FA Cup final.
Manchester City await the Potters in the prestigious showpiece, which is set to be staged on Saturday 14th May.
Few gave Etherington much chance of figuring in the fixture when he was laid low, but Pulis believes the former West Ham and Tottenham playmaker could yet make his plans.
He said: "We'll have to see how it is in seven days, but Matty is swimming and walking around now so we certainly wouldn't rule him out at this point."
Stoke defender Marc Wilson is also of the opinion that it would be foolish to overlook Etherington, having overcome a similar hurdle himself in the past.
The former Portsmouth man figured prominently in Pompey's run to the final last season, shaking off a hamstring injury along the way.
He was able to make a miraculous recovery from a knock in time to figure in a semi-final clash with Tottenham, before a similar problem kept him out of the final.
The 23-year-old said of Etherington: "Hopefully he's got a good chance. I think for the semis I was in the same position as he was and I ended up making it so hopefully he can do the same thing and get himself back for the final.
"He's been different class for us this year and he gives the team a lot. He's a strong character. He's got to be. If he was to miss it he'd be devastated and everyone at the club is willing him to get back as soon as possible.
"I had a little bit longer, I had three weeks and I think he had 18 days, but I think he's got every chance."