Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies is hoping for a triple injury boost in the coming days.
Striker Dexter Blackstock is close to a return following his knee injury, Joel Lynch stepped up his comeback in the reserves, while James Perch is continuing to make progress despite a minor setback.
Former Southampton and QPR man Blackstock missed the draw with Crystal Palace at the weekend with a medial ligament strain.
Davies insists the forward is making a good recovery but revealed he won't make the trip to Cardiff on Sunday.
He told the club's official website: "Dexter won't figure at the weekend but we are very pleased with the way he is coming along."
Full-back Lynch has missed the last six games through illness and injury but played the full 90 minutes as the Reds' second string drew 0-0 with Coventry at the City Ground on Tuesday afternoon.
Goalkeeper Paul Smith and forward Garath McCleary also gained some valuable match action, but Perch did not feature despite being pencilled in for the game.
The defender has not played for Forest all season, having suffered a stress fracture of the shin during pre-season, but was on the bench against Crystal Palace at the weekend.
However, the 24-year-old has suffered a slight setback and missed Tuesday's game as a precaution.
Davies added: "James didn't play [on Tuesday] because he picked up a slight knock in training and after being out for so long we didn't want to take any risks with him."