Middlesbrough are set to be boosted by the return of striker Scott McDonald this weekend.
The Australia international, who has scored nine goals this season, has not played since Boro's clash at Leicester on February 1 after he damaged knee ligaments.
Now, after two months on the sidelines, McDonald is back in training and in contention to return at Brighton & Hove Albion.
"He's trained and looked very, very sharp and yet he's been out for a few months now," said boss Tony Mowbray.
"We will take him to Brighton and will assess down there.
"I'll have a good chat with him on the way down there and assess whether he can play a part, but he's not far away."
Boro's injury problems have been mounting in recent weeks with central defenders Seb Hines and Matthew Bates both forced off early in their midweek draw at Ipswich.
Hines suffered a head injury but is set to play at Brighton, with Mowbray commenting: "I think Seb has a better-than-average chance of making it. Having spoken to him I'm pretty sure he'll be on that plane to Brighton."
But the news on Bates is not as good as he has suffered a fifth cruciate knee ligament injury, although the club continue to wait for a detailed diagnosis.
"He's had a scan on his knee and taken it to London to get an assessment from a specialist," said Mowbray.
"Until the specialist has looked at it it's not right for us to make any comment other than to say it's disappointing for Matthew that he won't be able to play in the next game for us. We'll probably have more to say next week."
Boro have recalled Stephen McManus from a loan spell at Bristol City and Mowbray says he will have no worries about pitching the Scotland international straight into action.
"Stephen knows what's what in football and is very professional about how he goes about his job," said the manager.
"His only question was whether he was coming back to play or to sit on the bench. I'm sure after getting some games under his belt in the last few weeks, he'll come back and do a good job."