Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says goalkeeper Jack Butland could be back in three weeks if he can handle the pain of his broken finger.
Butland had to withdraw from the latest England squad for the internationals against Germany and Brazil after suffering the injury in training.
Hughes said: “Well he’s a little bit disappointed obviously.
“He’s getting his setbacks in terms of injuries, usually when Germany are involved unfortunately for him and for us.
“We’re hopeful that it’s going to resolve itself as quickly as possible.
“He’s clearly got a number of fractures in the finger.
“I’ve seen the x-ray and there’s misplaced bones in there.
“I think we’re reasonably confident once it settles down and Jack gets to the point where he can manage the pain, more often than not he can get back playing and training. It’s just about getting to that point really. It could be three weeks, could be four or five.”
Hughes also touched on the status of defender Geoff Cameron who is still in the process of getting back to full fitness.
“Geoff is still not available. It’s just taking a little bit longer than we anticipated if we’re honest.
“He’s getting some reactions when we step him up to try and give him some physical work.
“So we have to start from square one again, and that’s happened on a number of occasions.
“We have to be really careful with injuries. We’re trying to do the correct things for Geoff.”
The Potters travel to the Amex Stadium on Monday night to take on Brighton – the first meeting between the two sides since 2011.
While being cautious of the threat the opposition can pose, Hughes is optimistic about his team’s chances of picking up a positive result.
“Brighton have done really well, Chris Hughton is a very accomplished manager and probably doesn’t get the credit he deserves.
“He’s always done a good job wherever he’s gone.
“They’ve got players within their group who can affect us so we’ve got to be mindful of that.
“Our last away performance was very good so we’re looking to see if we can replicate that level again. If we can do that, I think we’ll push them very hard.”