Owen Coyle is hoping Gretar Steinsson will be fit for Bolton Wanderers' game against Liverpool after his injury proved not to be as serious as first feared.
Steinsson took a knock to the foot during Sunday's 3-2 defeat by Manchester City and there were concerns the full-back had suffered a broken metatarsal.
However, X-rays showed the damage not to be too bad and, although Steinsson will miss Wednesday night's Carling Cup tie with Macclesfield, Coyle is hopeful the Icelander will be available for Saturday's visit to Liverpool.
"Gretar got a bad kick on Sunday and given the run of luck we have had, we all feared the worst," admitted Coyle. "But it is just bruising.
"He is not available for the cup tie, although even if he had been I wouldn't have played him anyway.
"He would have been rested with a view to being rested for Liverpool on Saturday. Hopefully he will be fit and available for selection for that game."
Coyle will make extensive changes to his side on Wednesday, although whether he can include new arrival Tuncay is another matter.
The Turkey striker has received international clearance but is yet to secure a work permit, which is expected to be delivered to his present base in Germany on Tuesday.
"Tuncay has been training on his own and he awaits the work permit," said Coyle.
"If that can be done by today, he will be involved in the cup tie tomorrow night. If not, we are hoping we will have him available for Liverpool.
"We want him in a Bolton shirt as soon as possible."