Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle is holding out some hope that injured defender Gary Cahill can return to action before the end of the season.
The England international was expected to miss the rest of the season when he was diagnosed as suffering from a blood clot in his arm earlier this week.
However, Coyle still believes the 24-year-old centre-half could play some football for the Premier League strugglers before the end of the season.
"I said he'd be out for a number of months," said Coyle."I would love to think there's a glimmer of hope he might be back, primarily for Bolton because of the position we're in, but equally for his own personal goal, which is to make the World Cup finals.
"I will leave no stone uncovered to make sure we are doing anything we can to help him and we'll take it from there.
"Gary is back at home now. He came home on Monday night. He went back on Tuesday for more scans to check out the other side of his body to check everything was okay. It was fine, so that's a positive."