West Ham captain Kevin Nolan is hoping he can overcome a broken toe to play in the London derby against Chelsea on March 17.
Nolan was forced to miss the Hammers’ 1-0 win over Stoke last weekend after he picked up the injury following a collision with Mousa Dembele during the recent defeat by Tottenham.
There were fears that the influential midfielder could face up to eight weeks on the sidelines.
But with West Ham not playing this weekend due to Manchester United's involvement in the FA Cup quarter finals, Nolan has been receiving intensive treatment at the club's training ground and hopes the extra time will allow him to make a first-team return.
Nolan could even play with a painkilling injection to help him get through the ninety minutes at Stamford Bridge.
The news will come as a major boost to manager Sam Allardyce who looks set to be without Joe Cole, who has a hamstring injury.