Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe is hopeful import Guyon Fernandez will be able to avoid foot surgery and return to playing duties soon.
Fernandez will miss his second straight match when Glory take on Melbourne City in Friday night's clash at AAMI Park.
The 29-year-old Dutch striker has struggled with an ongoing foot issue for most of the season, but Glory are doing their best to make sure he avoids surgery.
"There's talk of maybe shaving a bone or tendon," coach Kenny Lowe said on Thursday.
"We're trying to manage his training so he doesn't have to go down that route.
"We're modifying his training load and the type of training - so we keep his levels up, but we don't aggravate the injury.
"A lot of straight-line running and stuff like that.
"We are trying everything we can. And it looks positive. He's not had much comfort in the last day or two, so fingers crossed we get the weekend over with and he might be ok."
Glory were dealt another double blow on the injury front this week when defenders Josh Risdon and Alexander Grant were ruled out because of leg corks.
Their injuries come on top of a serious ankle injury to centre back Dino Djulbic, who is expected to miss another five weeks.
Glory's goalless run stretched beyond six hours following last week's 0-0 draw with Sydney FC in Perth.
But Lowe is confident the goals will soon flow.