Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson claims Steven Gerrard is doing everything in his powers to get fit ahead of schedule.
Gerrard is due to be missing for up to a month after suffering a hamstring injury in England's defeat by France last week.
The Reds coped without their talismanic captain last time out with a 3-0 success over West Ham, but a speedy return would provide a timely boost ahead of a busy festive period.
And Hodgson insists Gerrard is embracing his rehabilitation process with great determination, although the Reds skipper is still resting the complaint at the moment.
The Liverpool chief said: "He's straight into it and he's anxious to get back as quickly as possible.
"He's not letting any dust settle but I don't think there's so much he can do at the moment.
"First of all he has to let the injury quieten down and then really start to work on it."
Hodgson also took the time to hail the work being carried out by Liverpool's new medical team.
The sports science and sports medicine staff recruited in the summer have introduced pre-training exercises designed to prevent pulls and strains.
Only Gerrard (hamstring), Jay Spearing (ankle) and Daniel Agger (calf) occupy the treatment room and Hodgson told the club's official website: "You've got to pay credit to the medical team. With Steven the muscle injury was not one provoked by us.
"Daniel's is an unusual injury which could have come at any time and Jay Spearing was unfortunate in that he fell awkwardly - that could have happened at any time.
"Credit to the players - they're buying into the ideas and all the work we do to prevent injuries at the start of every day."
Hodgson confirmed that midfielder Joe Cole is likely to come into contention against Tottenham on Sunday after a five-match absence with a hamstring injury.
"He had a good training session on Monday and was recovering from that on Tuesday," said the Anfield boss. "He will train with us again on Wednesday."