Everton duo Tony Hibbert and Joseph Yobo are winning their respective battles to be fit for the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United next month.
Full-back Hibbert has been out for three weeks with a thigh problem he sustained in the home win over West Bromwich Albion.
Yobo, who is expected to open talks over a contract extension before the end of the season, damaged his hamstring in training last week and missed Saturday's defeat at Portsmouth.
Both players are expected to be fit in three weeks' time, which will coincide with Everton's trip to Wembley to face United for the right to play in their first cup final since 1995.
Everton physio Mick Rathbone said: "Tony's injury was a bad one and he is now 23 days into his recovery and we were talking of four to six weeks before he could play again so he is making good progress.
"Hopefully he will train towards the middle of next week. Joseph's hamstring injury is not so bad. If there is a good time to injure your hamstring, it is during the international break, I suppose."