Michael Mancienne will step up his return from a knee injury on Tuesday with a run-out for Wolves' reserves.
The on-loan England U21 international has been sidelined since the start of December with a patella tendon problem.
He is, however, firmly on the comeback trail and hopes to be drafted back into Mick McCarthy's starting XI before the end of the season.
The next step on the road to a first-team recall comes in midweek with a second string outing against Bolton.
Mancienne hopes he will come through that encounter unscathed, having endured a frustrating period of rehabilitation at his parent club Chelsea.
"It's not been the best time for me but I'm delighted to be back," he told Wolves' official website.
"It's been quite a troublesome injury and has probably been the longest one I've had.
"It was a patella tendon injury and tendons usually take longer to heal than bones and muscles so it did keep me out for a while. So it's great to have recovered.
"I've been working really hard on running and fitness work at Chelsea and trained a couple of times there last week.
"It was my first session back at Wolves yesterday [Monday] and it felt good.
"I'm ready to step things up and am really looking forward to playing for the reserves.
"It's my first game back and gives me a chance to start building up my match fitness."
Mancienne could find himself thrust into a relegation battle upon his return, but he is convinced that Wolves have enough to beat the drop and preserve their Premier League status.
He added: "I've been following how the lads have been doing and they've been playing some great football and picked up some very good results as well.
"Once I get that match fitness it's about trying to get back involved with the team and if possible playing a part in helping them to stay up.
"I think we've got a good chance of surviving and would be delighted to make a contribution."