Ritchie De Laet is in contention to return for Melbourne City when they travel to Adelaide United on Sunday.
The former Belgium international was a late scratching from the City side that went down 1-0 to leaders Perth Glory last weekend.
His knee locked after training last week and he's had limited training, but coach Warren Joyce is hopeful he can step straight back into the side at Coopers Stadium.
Speaking of the 30-year-old's injury, the coach said: "There's nothing untoward, his knee just locked up. Obviously, we had three injuries on the same day so that was just an internal problem.
"He's done well so far this season; he's desperate to play. Not had much training this week so we'll just see and assess after training today."
Defensive midfielder Osama Malik could make his first appearance of the season, having been unavailable so far due to a calf injury.
Joyce said the 28-year-old had played during an in-house game, and been able to train.
"He's obviously been out a long time; he's a great kid and he's desperate to train," he added. "I took him on Monday when the rest of the lads were off – and you can see a little bit of sharpness is needed but he's desperate to be a part of it and, again, we'll just assess him today."
Though they've only scored in two of their past five games, and didn't have a shot on target in the defeat to Perth, City have again chosen to leave out striker Bruno Fornaroli.
Joyce said Frenchman Florin Berenguer was unlikely to be seen until the new year with a calf injury.
City are 11/5 to win their next game against Adelaide, who are 13/10 with the draw 23/10.
City are 17/2 to win the match 1-0. De Laet is 15/2 to score at any time in the game.
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