Blackburn manager Steve Kean has revealed that Martin Olsson could return from injury to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on New Year's Eve.
Rovers have a chronic injury list, which leaves 10 senior players either doubtful or definitely missing.
Midfielders David Dunn and Junior Hoilett will both be assessed before Kean can make a decision on their respective niggles, while Olsson is also racing to be fit following a hamstring problem.
"Martin has an outside chance," said Kean. "It is a matter of making sure he can play to the normal explosive nature of his game.
"Last time he came back too quickly and this time we want him available for a number of games."