The Gold Coast SUNS could get a significant boost with vice-captain Touk Miller and running defender Jarrod Harbrow both "good chances" to play North Melbourne on Saturday.
The SUNS have been injury-struck in recent weeks, with young midfielder Jack Bowes the latest casualty, set to miss eight weeks with a quad problem suffered against Greater Western Sydney.
Harbrow missed Saturday's loss to the Giants with a groin complaint, while Miller has now missed three matches with a heel problem.
"Both are a really good chance this week," coach Stuart Dew said on Wednesday.
"Tick a few boxes in the next three days and that'll give them every chance."
Harbrow will take part in Wednesday afternoon's main session, while Miller will be rested and have to pass a fitness test later in the week.
Saturday's match presents Gold Coast an opportunity to secure its fourth win for the year – and comes against a team coached by someone Dew is more-than-familiar with.
Dew was an assistant coach at Sydney for the final five years of Rhyce Shaw's career and was glowing in his praise of the former Swan.
"He's a humble man, a great communicator and been around footy a long time," Dew said.
"I've worked with him a lot and think he's a great coach.
"They've got a beauty in Rhyce, that's for sure."