Slawomir Peszko is making good progress towards a possible January return from his knee injury – as Razak Boukari returns to Compton to continue his rehabilitation.
Boukari visited a specialist in France last week for further assessment on the troublesome calf injury picked up in September which is to rule him out until well into the New Year.
“Razak is back from France; the important thing now is we’re going in a certain way,” said boss Ståle Solbakken.
“He’s better now because the road is marked out for him in a way.
“The French specialist is in conversation with our doctor and physio and I think that helps him.
“It’s a big relief for him because at the start we talked about him being back in four weeks as a best-case scenario, and we certainly thought we’d have him back within six.
“Now it’s 12-13 weeks and for him it’s killing him inside.”
More positive news concerns fellow right winger Peszko, now stepping up his work having been ruled out since the game against Crystal Palace on October 2.
Solbakken added: “He did a little bit of passing with the guys yesterday for the first time.
“But it’s too early to say when he’ll be on the pitch.
“We’re trying to get him fit to play football fully by January 1.
“He joined in with passing and hopefully after 15 days he can step up to normal football training, and then he’ll need match practice.”
Elsewhere Kevin Doyle, Bakary Sako and Björn Sigurdarson are all being nursed through minor knocks but should all be available for Friday’s trip to Blackpool (7.45pm).
And Georg Margreitter is also now considered at full fitness having come through another training ground practice match yesterday.
“Georg hasn’t been involved since the Chelsea game because of his hip injury, so he’s only trained for the last two weeks,” added the boss.
“He’s fully fit now and in a good place now.
“It’s just a question of him waiting for his chance because Berra has been outstanding and Roger has had a good season.”