Leeds United manager Simon Grayson is hopeful key winger Robert Snodgrass could return from injury against Crystal Palace.
The Scotland international has missed Leeds' games against Barnsley and Burnley after undergoing an operation to remove his appendix.
Snodgrass will sit out Monday's FA Cup clash at Arsenal, although Grayson thinks the 24-year-old could be available for the trip to Crystal Palace a week on Saturday.
"He's coming on but obviously the operation will rule him out of Arsenal," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
"We're hopeful that he might be back training in the middle of next week with the possibility of being involved in the Crystal Palace game but that will be on doctor's orders depending on how the injury's cleared up."
Snodgrass is sidelined along with captain Jonathan Howson and South African striker Davide Somma, and Grayson knows it has been an uphill battle with key personnel missing.
Leeds have already strengthened this month with the capture of Tottenham's Andros Townsend and Grayson believes with one more signing the club will be in a position to move forward.
"It's nice to have your best players available," he continued.
"When you look at who we've had out recently, it's not been easy - Snodgrass and Howson are two of our best players and Somma's not kicked a ball all season.
"We've had that to deal with but one or two bodies in (new signings) and one or two bodies back would be good."