Shane MacGowan’s wife Victoria Mary Clarke has said The Pogues singer should be home for Christmas.
On Tuesday, Clarke said she had her "fingers crossed" the 64-year-old singer would be home this week.
Ms Clarke has been sharing updates on the singer's health since he found himself in hospital over a week ago with viral encephalitis.
Last week, she thanked fans for sending "good wishes" and shared that doctors were "confident" McGowan would be ok.
"I am just incredibly grateful to them and to all of you," she said.
MacGowan, who turns 65 on Christmas Day, is now in a wheelchair and has a fulltime carer.
The singer fell and broke his pelvis in 2016.
He later had a fall on his Zimmer frame and broke his right knee, followed by another fall where he tore ligaments in his left knee.
The singer recently launched his new limited edition art book in Dublin, The Eternal Buzz & The Crock of Gold. It features self-portraits, essays, and song lyrics.