Nottingham Forest are hoping Wes Morgan is edging closer to a welcome first team return, but face an anxious wait before he is given the green light.
The talismanic centre-half, who has made over 400 appearances for the Reds, is currently nursing an ankle injury.
He has been given an injection to aid his recovery, but he faces a race against time to make Forest's FA Cup third round replay with East Midlands rivals Leicester on 17th January.
It is touch and go whether Morgan will make the trip to the King Power Stadium, with a more realistic return date pencilled in for an away date at West Ham the following Saturday.
Reds boss Steve Cotterill says the club will wait and see how the defender, who has been sidelined since mid-December, responds to treatment before thrusting him back into the fold.
He told the Nottingham Evening Post: "He has had an injection to try to calm things down. We need to see how that reacts over the next few days.
"We will know at the end of the week where we stand. The next few days are important.
"With all of our injuries, including Wes, Ishmael Miller and Brendan Moloney, the next seven to ten days will be big for us.
"We might, maybe, be able to look at a few players coming back for the cup game."
Forest snubbed two bids for Wales international Chris Gunter at the start of the winter window, but Cotterill insists there has been no movement on the transfer front since then.
He said: "There has been no fresh interest in players, no. For us to be able to trade during the window, some players will have to go out.
"We will need players to take a fresh direction in their career and move on somewhere else.
"We just have to make sure we have enough to get us over the line.
"We do not want to find we have another crisis, in February, in the manner of the one we had in December.
"We won't do something we do not want to do. We will try to keep our best young players at the club."