Injuries have again played havoc with Glenn Hoddle's planning for Monday night's Premiership clash against Charlton.
An unlucky 13 players could be missing with five doubtful, two definitely out, two not ready yet despite returning to reserve team football and another four still on the long-term list.
Les Ferdinand, Steffen Iversen, Teddy Sheringham (all groin), Ben Thatcher (calf) and Darren Anderton (hamstring) are the doubts.
Glenn explained after training on Sunday: "Les hasn't trained all week and didn't train Sunday.
"Darren trained a little on Sunday, nothing too extensive. We'll see if they are ready to start or at least be on the bench.
"Steffen Iversen hasn't played a game for the reserves and it would be a bit of a risk, Teddy's got a groin and Ben has a calf. Deano is out with a hamstring.
"We must be down to 16, 17 players and that's waiting for a couple to come through. It doesn't get any easier and we've got to show a lot of character."
Stephen Clemence and Gary Doherty are both back in full training after returning from long-term injuries for the reserves.
"Unfortunately it's too soon for them," added Glenn. "They have been out seven, eight months and that's a long, long time. They are working towards it but it will take more time."
Stephen Carr, Steffen Freund (both knee), Chris Armstrong, who picked up a slight back injury on his comeback trail and Goran Bunjevcevic (knee) remain out.