"Before we make any moves, we have to evaluate the condition of the injured players and see how long it will take them to return."
Much depends on Dejan Stankovic, as surgery for a recurring heel problem would keep him out for three months, but the training camp in Dubai seems to be working.
"So far his condition is one of the most positive aspects of this spell in Dubai. He appears to be getting better, we hope he can continue like this. We have also missed Vieira, a player of great international experience."