Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi could make a return to the first team in Monday night's Premiership clash at Reading.
Ameobi will put himself in contention for a place in the side when he features for the reserves against Bolton on Tuesday evening.
The 25-year-old has been out of action for six months after he underwent surgery on a career-threatening hip injury and along with team-mate Michael Owen has faced a long struggle back to fitness.
Ameobi has been included in a young side for the reserves tie at Bolton and is expected to play for 70 minutes. He scored in a behind-closed-doors friendly two weeks ago and also netted for the reserves in the 5-1 win at Middlesbrough last week as he continues in his bid to reach full fitness.
His availability for selection would come as a welcome boost for Magpies boss Glenn Roeder, whose side have failed to win in their last three outings.
"When Shola went off to Colorado six or seven months ago to have his hip operation, we were told we would be lucky if he was fit to take part in pre-season training in early July," Roeder said.
"The thought of Shola playing again this year is amazing and he must be very pleased with himself because he certainly did not think he would be playing again this year, and now he knows he probably will."