Dan Gosling is hopeful of making his Newcastle bow in Sunday's Wear-Tyne derby following a lengthy injury lay-off.
The summer signing from Everton played 70 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly draw with Hibernian on Wednesday afternoon.
Gosling, 20, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament whilst playing for his former club Everton against Wolves back in March last year.
And following months of rehabilitation on his injury, the player, who signed a four-year deal at St James' Park in the summer could make his senior debut against arch rivals Sunderland.
Speaking after the 3-3 draw, he told the club's official website: "I will look out for the numbers on Sunday and see what the gaffer decides to do.
"But I'm not getting carried away, I'll just take it as it comes.
"We have another reserve game against Wigan on Monday, so I'm sure I will play some part in that, and I will look forward to that one as well.
"I'm tired, but I feel all right. I stiffened up a little bit, but it was a good run-out and I really enjoyed it.
"I was getting more confident as the game went on and it's a shame I couldn't last the 90 minutes, but that will come sooner rather than later.
"The plan was to play for at least an hour and see after that, and 70 minutes was a good workout for me."