Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is hopeful of restoring Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote to his depleted squad for the weekend's visit of Swansea.
Magpies defenders Steven Taylor, Coloccini and Mike Williamson and midfielder Tiote have all been sidelined through injury.
"I do really need some personnel to get back to me. That would be nice," Pardew told BBC Newcastle.
"I think Coloccini will, and I am hoping Tiote does too."
The Magpies' injury list forced Pardew to turn to an inexperienced defensive quartet for Saturday's 4-2 defeat by Norwich City.
Prior to the trip to Carrow Road, Newcastle had started with the same unit for all 14 Premier League games, and the Canaries took advantage of an unfamiliar back-line to score all four goals from set-piece situations.
"You have to say it buoyed them to put balls in and around our goal," Pardew said.
"In the end it told, because they had three set-plays and you cannot concede three goals like that.
"It was costly, but I still feel we could have done better in those situations.
"Any Premier League side that loses three first-choice centre-halves is going to be under pressure."