Kenwyne Jones is confident he will bounce back from injury by the time Sunderland visit Liverpool a week today.
Fans will have held their breath waiting for news after Jones's season was shortened by a knee problem he suffered last summer playing for Trinidad & Tobago against England.
But the Black Cats' hitman handed boss Ricky Sbragia a boost during the Wearsiders' sunshine training camp in Spain by predicting a quick recovery.
Jones said: "It feels a bit sore at the moment. I took a knock at Arsenal and tried to run it off, but I couldn't continue.
"It was a shame because it was a big game and I wanted to keep going to help the team get a great result.
"It wasn't to be for me, but I'll get treatment while we're away and I'm pretty sure I'll be fine for the Liverpool game."
The trip to Anfield will be another tough examination but, just as it was for Arsenal at the weekend, the home side will probably be under the greater pressure.
Sunderland's four-game unbeaten run has not brought any complacency to the squad about their Premier League standing, but it has brought confidence.
Jones said: "Getting a draw at Arsenal was a massive result for us. The manager got the tactics right and we rode our luck when we had to but I think we deserved to get something from the game.
"We're getting off to Spain now for a bit of training and relaxation, but I'm sure the manager is already making plans for the Liverpool game.
"If we go there and play the way we know we can, then we can believe we can get something."
With no game this weekend due to the Spurs home match being postponed, boss Ricky Sbragia has taken his players to Seville.
Jones added: "We have had a bit of a hectic schedule and some pressure games and I think the rest will do us good.
"We'll keep ticking over, but at this stage of the season, all the lads are pretty fit and it is good to get away before coming back hopefully refreshed for some more big games."