Injured Gold Coast backman Charlie Ballard is making a rapid recovery as coach Stuart Dew insists the Suns aren't panicking over a sluggish start to the AFL season.
Ballard hurt an ankle during last weekend's loss to Carlton - the Suns' third defeat from four games this season.
On Monday, Dew rated the 21-year-old as little chance of playing against competition pacesetters the Western Bulldogs this Saturday.
But on Wednesday, Dew said Ballard's progress in the past 48 hours had been remarkable.
"Monday, he was probably an out," Dew told reporters.
"But he has come on in leaps and bounds in the last couple of days so we will give it a little bit longer before we decide.
"It has really turned the corner quickly, which is a pleasing thing. Then it will just be a decision as to how well will he be in the game and do we risk that."
With Jack Hombsch looming as a likely replacement for Sean Lemmens (concussion), Ballard's inclusion would boost the Suns against the Bulldogs, who are yet to lose and boast an imposing percentage of 171.
"They are clearly the form team, both optically and statistically," Dew said.
"They play Marvel Stadium really well but we want to go down there and give it a real shake."
The Suns have beaten only winless North Melbourne this season though Dew has taken some heart from defeats to West Coast (25 points), Adelaide (10 points) and Carlton (11 points).
"There's levels of frustration not getting over this hump," he said.
"But we also know it's a different conversation in that we feel we're really close and we're not trying to bridge a massive gap.
"Bearing in mind we do need to elevate further to get the result ... we're disappointed but we're definitely not panicking or thinking 'gee, do we need to drastically change anything?'."
Dew urged greater consistency to turn momentum into scoreboard pressure.
"A couple of the games, particularly the West Coast game and Adelaide, we had real momentum in the earlier quarters ... we have had opportunities to put a bit of distance on earlier in the game and we haven't taken those opportunities," he said.
"Last week, our execution through that mid-third was right off and we want to rectify that.
"But in terms of a common theme, we think we have had momentum for periods and haven't hurt the opposition enough on the scoreboard."
Australian Associated Press