Marco Silva is hopeful Aleksandar Mitrovic will be passed fit to face Bournemouth on Saturday after completing his first training session in a fortnight.
Mitrovic, who limped out of the 4-1 defeat by Newcastle and missed last Sunday’s loss at West Ham, suffered a foot injury on international duty for Serbia.
But boss Silva insisted the Whites are not over-reliant on their talismanic striker, who scored 43 goals last season in the Championship.
“He is getting better and did the warm-up with the team this morning,” Silva said.
“We are checking and assessing him this evening and see where he is and I will meet with the medical staff and will see what they will say.
“He is a key player, no doubt about it, but the last three games where he hasn’t scored we have scored four goals, which showed we can score even when he is not on the pitch.
“He scored so many goals last season and doing the same this season, but it’s not just him we have missed – if we had all players available we would be at our best level.”
Willian will return to the squad after recovering from a calf injury, but right-back Kenny Tete is still out with a hamstring problem.
Harry Wilson, who returned from a long-standing knee injury for the final 15 minutes at West Ham, could make his first start of the season against the Cherries at Craven Cottage.