West Brom boss Tony Mowbray is hoping for an early Christmas present, with four key players aiming to be back in contention for the festive fixtures.
Albion are currently without the services of Kevin Phillips, Martin Albrechtsen, James Morrison and Neil Clement due to knee injuries, but medical staff have indicated they could all be fit in time for the punishing Christmas schedule.
Mowbray has refused to set any timescales, but he remains confident that the quartet will be back soon to boost the Baggies' promotion push.
"We're still waiting for the proper medical assurances on Kevin, but he's pretty positive around the place," Mowbray told the Birmingham Mail.
"He's working hard in the gym and the signs are positive.
"The scans with both Albrechtsen and Morrison have been positive so again it should be weeks rather than months.
"That's good news, because there's always the potential of knee injuries being serious because of the speed the modern game is played."
Albrechtsen and Phillips suffered knee injuries in the draw with Sheffield Wednesday, while James Morrison was stretchered off at Coventry.
Clement has been out of action since the Carling Cup victory over Peterborough in August, but could be available in a month, following an arthroscopy.