West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster could make his return to action in Saturday's Barclays Premier League home clash with Norwich.
Foster has been sidelined by hernia problems since early November but is back in training after two operations and could reclaim his first-team place from Boaz Myhill, who has deputised for the last seven games, this weekend.
"I played in the Southampton game (on November 5), when we won 2-0, and I couldn't kick with my left foot because every time I kicked the ball there was a nerve getting pressed underneath my hernia, which was quite painful," Foster told www.wba.co.uk.
"I had to kick with my right foot because I had no pain on my right side.
"I got away with it because I could do all of the goalkeeping stuff fine, but as soon as I tried to kick a ball it was jumping out of your skin time!
"I was never coming off, because it was only kicking with my left foot that I couldn't do.
"I've had groin issues recently but they think all of that was connected to the hernia, so hopefully this will solve all of that. It was really a double-hernia operation.
"I started training properly yesterday so we will see how training goes this week and take it from there. I trained fine yesterday. I felt absolutely fine."
Defender Steven Reid is set to miss out for a second successive match due to the bruised shin he sustained in the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal on December 8.