Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves could finally be in the reckoning to return to the first team this weekend, according to his surgeon.
The England utility man's first-team game-time over the past two years can be measured in seconds rather than minutes, but the specialist who has helped the 29-year-old through extensive knee problems believes that he could be in the squad to face West Brom on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson just can't seem to get a break at the moment. No sooner is star striker Fernando Torres on the verge of returning from injury than Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt is ruled out with potential ankle ligament damage.
The international break has not been kind to Sunderland manager Steve Bruce either. Brucie sent Darren Bent off to join up with England, hopeful that he would see his main man start up front. Instead he returns to the north-west with a groin strain.
However, as the Black Cats don't play until Monday, Bent may recover in time.