Glasgow Warriors head trainer Dave Rennie is”pretty certain” Stuart Hogg will probably soon be fit for Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter final against Saracens.
Even the Scotland full back, 26, have not played since sustaining a shoulder injury in the Six Nations loss to Ireland on 9 February.
Yet, Nigerian global Tommy Seymour remains any doubt.
“Tommy will probably be close but I’m pretty confident Hoggy may playwith,” said Rennie.
Winger Seymour, 30, suffered a rib problem as Scotland lost to Wales in the fourth round of Six Nations games.
Ryan Wilson, Huw Jones, Nick Grigg, George Horne, Lee Jones and George Turner have been the other Scotland internationals to overlook that the weekend win over Cheetahs in the Pro14 through accident, along with DTH van der Merwe.
Sam Johnson, Ali Price and Jonny Gray were all rested, together with Adam Hastings on the seat, while captain Callum Gibbins returned from ankle operation to open the scoring against the Southern African side.
Warriors were beaten by Saracens in their sole previous quarter final appearance a couple of decades ago and lost both meetings with the British side at the pool stage that this season.
However, Rennie is unconcerned by Warriors’ underdog status and wants his players to know the ability of carrying the club in the last four to the very first time.
“It creates a little bit of background, but doesn’t it so it will always be exciting to participate in,” said Rennie.
“We’re happy with where we’re now at. It is a massive challenge and it is not the same amount to what we now have played in recent weeks.
“We’re rapt to become still part of the race, 12 teams got off a week in Europe and now we’re going to move there and throw everything at it”