Newcastle defender Steven Taylor will make his comeback from a shoulder injury against Wigan reserves on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old has been hindered by fitness problems of late, landing badly in pre-season against Carlisle in what was his first game since January, when he sustained a knee injury against West Brom.
However, Taylor returned to training last Monday and was named as an unused substitute for the Toon's 5-1 rout of Sunderland at the weekend.
The stopper says, if he comes through Tuesday's second-string clash unscathed, he will turn his attention to finding a way back into manager Chris Hughton's first-team.
"I was delighted to make the bench against Sunderland and I felt ready to play a part if I'd been called upon," Taylor told the club's official website.
"To prove my fitness, I just want to play as many games as possible now and I'm looking forward to playing against Wigan.
"If I come through that as expected, I'll hope to make the bench again at Arsenal next weekend and then look to try and force my way back into the starting line-up.
"It'll just be nice to be out there playing again after such a long time and I'm excited for it."