Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has suggested that midfielder Marc Wilson may recover from his broken leg faster than expected.
The Republic of Ireland international sustained a broken fibula during his side's clash with Sunderland last week and has been ruled out of action for at least three months. However, the Potters boss is hoping to have the 25-year-old back sooner.
"It’s three months at least I think," Pulis said. "But we are hoping, with the medical staff we have got and the way they overachieve in lots of respects, it might even be quicker than that — fingers crossed.
Pulis also revealed that he was disappointed to have lost the former Portsmouth man, whom he said was probably the 'most consistent player this year'.
"I think he has probably been our most consistent player this year. He is a very underrated lad and we will miss him because he has great quality."
Meanwhile, Boys in Green boss Giovanni Trapattoni has been handed a boost with the news that Glenn Whelan has recovered from his hamstring complaint.
"Glenn is back into contention now," Pulis said. "We didn’t feel as if he was ready last week, but he has had a good week’s training."