Head coach Frank Hadden has raised hopes that injury-hit Scotland will be able to field a strong side in their Calcutta Cup clash against England.
With the February 3 date at Twickenham looming, Hadden has seen several players who were once considered non-starters come back into contention.
While Hadden's preferred captain Jason White will miss the entire RBS 6 Nations campaign, and Mike Blair is unlikely to feature until the third match, against Italy, at the earliest, the news elsewhere is encouraging.
"We're delighted with the progress that Simon Webster, Chris Cusiter and Alli Hogg have made, and the amount of involvement they have had this week," said Hadden.
"But we still have to cross some t's and dot some i's before they become available for selection.
"There's a bit to go before they get to that stage - but if they are considered to be fit enough to turn out for their respective clubs this weekend, and are selected to play, then that would be a bonus. However that is out with my control."
It is also hoped that France-based lock Nathan Hines will be available for selection sooner rather than later, after breaking a bone in his foot while playing for Perpignan in the French league last month.
Whatever team he fields, Hadden is confident his team's ability to claim a first victory on English soil since 1983 will not be too severely compromised.
He believes his squad have developed a degree of strength in depth which should stand Scotland in good stead as they try to build on last season's achievement of three championship wins - over France, England and Italy - during the forthcoming campaign.
"I've already told the players that, despite the number of injuries we've currently got in the squad, everybody who was out on the training pitch this afternoon is, in my opinion, capable of playing international rugby," he said.
"Now that's not always been the case when the Scotland squads have got together, and I couldn't be happier with the pressure being put on players in the side by players who want to be in the side.
"That is going to be a tremendous strength in this championship."
Hadden already has a good idea of the team he wants to play against England, but stressed that the starting XV would not be finalised until the beginning of next week.
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.