West Brom are hoping to have new signing Gonzalo Jara in contention for their clash with Plymouth on Saturday.
The Chilean is waiting on the outcome of a visa application before he is cleared to begin his Baggies career.
Jara requires international clearance before he will be allowed to enter the country following his World Cup qualifying exploits in South America this week.
Coach Roberto Di Matteo admits a gruelling trip home could see Jara ruled out this weekend regardless of his visa situation, but hopes the 24-year-old defender will be welcomed into his plans sooner rather than later.
"It's a long trip from Chile and he'll be back on Friday so we will see how he is, whether he sleeps on the plane or has jet lag," the Italian said in the Express and Star.
"But I am looking forward to seeing more of him. He will be a good addition to team.
"He's played at international level, not just once but over 20 games. He's relatively young as well so he will be a good signing."
West Brom had been hoping to fast-track Jara's application, with the process usually taking up to three weeks.
The former Colo Colo ace agreed a £1.4million move to the Hawthorns in August, but has been forced to bide his time before being cleared to begin his career in England.