Avram Grant is eager to have talismanic midfielder Scott Parker back in action as West Ham battle to beat the drop.
The Football Writers' Association Player of the Year has sat out the last two matches with an Achilles injury during which time the Hammers have slipped back to the foot of the table.
The Upton Park outfit now have just four games remaining to scramble out of the bottom three, starting with Sunday's testing trip to Manchester City.
Grant said: "I want him to play. It depends on his condition.
"He's not feeling so good and I hope that he will be available for us soon.
"The good news is maximum two weeks he will be fit, maybe next week also."
After the trip to Eastlands, the Hammers have further games against Blackburn, Wigan and Sunderland.
And Grant knows that his side must learn to cope without their inspirational midfielder if his absence is extended over the coming weeks.
"Every player wants to play with a good player - he's the player of the year," he added.
"But he didn't play and we need to play also without him."