Harry Redknapp reports that a number of players are closing in on fitness - but won't be ready to face Wolves on Sunday.
Those players include skipper Ledley King, who trained with the group this morning (Friday, March 4) as he steps up his rehabilitation following groin surgery.
Gareth Bale (back) and Rafa van der Vaart (calf) are also on the way back. Harry insisted both remained doubtful for Wolves but next Wednesday's huge Champions League last 16 second leg against AC Milan is a realistic target for both.
"Gareth feels okay, he's just got to push himself through it now," said Harry this morning. "He feels fine and we'd love him back.
"Rafa's the same. I don't think he'll be fit for Sunday but there is a chance he'll be fit for Wednesday night against Milan. Again, we'll have to wait and see.
"We're close to having a lot of players back fit, but not quite close enough to have them back at the moment.
"Within a couple of weeks we'll probably have five or six back and that will make a big difference to the squad.
"But right now, it's touch and go whether or not those players will be fit for the next two games."
There was also good news on Tom Huddlestone, who is on his way back from a long-term ankle injury.
"There are a lot of lads out who were in great form," added Harry. "Players like Tom Huddlestone, he's not too far away from joining the group in training again.
"Jonathan Woodgate's injury isn't as bad as we first thought in Milan and Ledley is training with us today. There are a lot of players on the way back."