Manchester United are hoping to get Paul Pogba back from injury for the derby in three weeks.
United are facing one of their busiest periods of the season and so the return of Pogba would be a major boost to Solskjaer and the rest of the squad.
The club are facing 12 games in just 39 days and the Norwegian boss is well aware of how fatigue and niggling injuries will see his selection options depleted.
Pogba has not turned out for United since picking up an injury in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford against Arsenal on September 30.
Having been helped off the pitch after treatment, he was taken down the tunnel on a stretcher after several minutes of attention in the technical area.
A United insider said: “Ole wants to reintroduce him off the bench in the game if at all possible.
“He has kept himself pretty fit in terms of his core fitness. He’s always in top shape, to be honest.”
The Frenchman was particularly excitable on his social media on Monday as he filmed the doctor removing the cast from his injured ankle.
For United, an upturn in form has been coupled with a number of first team-regulars returning from injury.
Swedish defender Victor Lindelof returned from a foot injury to feature for United in their 3-1 win over Brighton on Sunday, lifting them to seventh in the Premier League table.
Eric Bailly has proven a long-term absentee for United having not been involved in matches or training since suffering injury in a pre-season game against Tottenham.