Tom Cairney is back in full training and could return to match action as early as next week.
The Fulham captain has been battling to overcome a knee injury.
And he might even be involved for Fulham’s development side in a match against Stoke on Monday.
Whites boss Scott Parker explained: “Tom is back training with us, but not (ready) for the weekend I would have thought.
“He might need a game to get some football because he’s been out for a long time now.”
Cairney last appeared in a match on December 19, against Newcastle, but the problem started when he was injured in a pre-season friendly against MK Dons.
Parker has no new injury worries to contend with ahead of Saturday’s game against Premier League leaders Manchester City.