Wigan boss Steve Bruce is hopeful that Ryan Taylor will reap the benefits of being eased back into action after a lengthy lay-off.
Taylor has suffered various injury troubles during a three-and-a-half year spell with Wigan, including a fractured metatarsal and a double break of the leg.
The latest shin injury picked up during pre-season suggested that Taylor needed to rest his body for an extended period and so Bruce and his coaching staff made sure that the wide player trained for some weeks at full-fitness before taking to the pitch.
"We purposefully didn't rush him back this time. We wanted to make sure he was fully fit and free of injury," said Bruce.
"At times he was knocking on my door, wanting to be more involved and I'd just tell him to give it a bit longer.
"I wanted him to get another couple of weeks of training under his belt to stop him breaking down. Hopefully that has paid off."
Indeed, Taylor went on to mark his first start in more than six months with a goal just three minutes into the Newcastle game last weekend.
"I thought the boy did very well - scoring in the first few minutes with a wonderful strike was a great confidence booster for him and us," remarked Bruce.
"Ryan is like any other player, he just wants to play and that's something I totally understand.
"He came in and did very well against Newcastle and he's very much a part of my plans here."