Peterborough United striker Lee Tomlin could be involved when the side travel to Bristol City on Saturday.
It was initially feared that he would be facing an extended spell on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury at West Ham last month.
Boss Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "Lee has a chance of being fit which I didn't think would be the case.
"He's progressed as the week's gone on, which is good news."
Tomlin sustained ankle ligament damage after coming on as a second half substitute in Posh's recent 1-0 defeat at West Ham.
The 22-year-old had started every match prior to the trip to Upton Park, but was deemed to be in need of a rest.
"The break will have done Lee good both mentally and physically, as Lee's his own worst critic," he said.
"He beats himself up from time to time and while he hasn't played as well as he can do of late he's still a vital player for us."
Meanwhile, Ferguson has said that he expects Gabby Zakuani to take his place in central defence alongside Ryan Bennett.
Zakuani has been playing with a broken toe in recent weeks, but did not train during the international break.
"Gabby's fine, the toe has healed more or less, although it's still a bit sore so he may still need an injection," he said.
"Unless he suffers the original injury again and that would be really unlucky, he'll be fine."