Inverness Caledonian Thistle defender Roman Golobart is poised to make an earlier than expected return from a serious ankle injury.
The 19-year-old, on loan from Wigan, was expected to be missing for at least eight weeks after being injured against Dunfermline on 18 January.
But he is now expected to return to action next weekend.
Manager Terry Butcher said: "Roman said he can play, but that's Roman, he's as confident as anything."
Golobart will not, however, be considered for Caley Thistle's match against Dundee United on Monday.
"He wants to play," said Butcher. "It's brilliant to have him back, I love the big man, he's absolutely fantastic.
"He has warmed to us and we've warmed to him. He's a top-class defender and a top-class man.
"We're delighted he's back, but he's not ready in terms of sharpness, but he's not far away at all.
"It would be good to welcome him back soon."
Andrew Shinnie picked up a serious injury in the same Scottish Cup win as Golobart and Inverness reported good news on the progress of the midfielder and defender Chris Hogg.
Hogg has had successful surgery on a damaged cruciate ligament, while Shinnie is out of protective footwear on his broken foot, although both are still expected to miss the rest of the season.
"Chris Hogg got a fantastic report from the specialist, who did a brilliant job," added Butcher.
"We're really pleased with Chris. He is coming along very well.
"Andrew Shinnie got the boot off and he's coming along very well."