Sunderland have been boosted by the news that striker Kenwyne Jones' hip injury is not as serious as was first feared.
The 25-year-old frontman had to be replaced at half-time of the 1-1 draw with Manchester City, amid fears that he could be facing a period of time on the sidelines.
However, subsequent scans have revealed no serious damage and Jones is expected back in action in the near future, although he remains a doubt for this weekend's visit of Birmingham City.
Manager Steve Bruce told the club's official website: "Kenwyne's had a scan and thankfully the damage isn't as bad as we first feared initially.
"It's too early to say whether he will make Saturday's game, but we will keep an eye on him, give him all the treatment we can and keep our fingers crossed."
Jones moved to Wearside in August 2007 and has since scored 27 goals in 94 appearances in all competitions for the Black Cats.