Robbie Findley could be about to hand Nottingham Forest a timely boost in their play-off push.
The United States international is yet to figure for the club since securing a switch to England during the January transfer window.
A succession of injuries have kept him sidelined, preventing him from making the kind of impression he had been hoping to make following a move from Real Salt Lake.
A torn thigh muscle and an Achilles problem have kept him on the treatment table, leaving him kicking his heels in frustration.
Findley is, however, closing on full fitness once more and could be welcomed into Billy Davies' plans before the 2010/11 campaign comes to a close.
"He's working very hard at building up his speed and sharpness and we're very hopeful of him being in action before the end of the season," the Reds boss told the club's official website.
"It's been a very difficult time for him but he could be a very important player for us over the last three or four games.
"He will give us options and the more we have of them the better."
A 2-0 victory over Burnley on Tuesday has left Forest one point adrift of the play-off places with five games of the season remaining.