Birmingham City defender Liam Ridgewell will make his comeback from a broken leg in the Carling Cup clash with Sunderland.
Ridgewell has been sidelined since April after suffering the injury against Plymouth and was initially tipped to be out for a year.
However, the 25-year-old has made a remarkable recovery and Blues boss Alex McLeish plans to start Ridgewell at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night.
"We have Liam Ridgewell back," said McLeish.
"It's sensational that he is back already after being tipped to be out - I think the first call was a year, then ten months and Tim Williamson, our physio who worked with Henrik Larsson to get him back to fitness after a similar injury, said he could probably back in six to eight months.
"But he's back in five months and he's going to play against Sunderland. He won't play the whole game, but he'll certainly start the game."
McLeish acknowledges Ridgewell is short of match fitness, but feels the former Aston Villa stopper is in a good enough condition to play at left-back.
He added: "The condition of his body and his fitness is perfect.
"The only thing he lacks is match practice, but his condition is of a state where it allows us now to have him available for selection.
"He is the only natural left sider so it's likely that Ridge will play left-back."