Manny Oyeleke will be missing when Port Vale host Stevenage on Good Friday.
The midfielder suffered a calf injury in the recent 1-0 win over Crewe and had been expected to be out until the summer.
But Vale boss John Askey says Oyeleke could yet play some part during the final weeks of the season.
Ben Whitfield, Leon Legge and Tom Pope could all return as Vale seek the win which will take them to 50 points and guarantee their Sky Bet League Two status.
Stevenage have doubts over Danny Newton and Alex Revell as Dino Maamria’s side attempt to keep their outside play-off hopes alive.
The strike pair have struggled with their fitness in recent weeks and Maamria has to take the home game against Exeter on Easter Monday into consideration.
Kurtis Guthrie will lead the Stevenage attack after scoring four goals in wins over Grimsby and Carlisle.
Teenager Arthur Iontton should start in midfield again after scoring his first senior goal in the 3-0 win over Carlisle.