Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell is in line for a return to the Fulham team for Saturday's Premier League visit to Swansea City - assuming he can shake off the after-effects of a hernia operation.
Boss Martin Jol had hoped to have the midfielder available again for the visit of Liverpool on Monday night, but the recovery has been slower than expected.
The need is more pressing since skipper Danny Murphy is likely to be absent after hobbling off with a badly swollen ankle towards the end of the win against the Merseysiders.
"I was a bit disappointed because he [Sidwell] needed a minor operation and they told me maybe he would play the next match after 10 days, but he still feels it - it's still painful after the operation," Jol said. "But hopefully he will be fit for the next game.
"With Danny, it looks a bad one and it could be a couple of weeks, but hopefully it will be just one match he misses."