Roy Keane is keeping an open mind about handing Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones a first-team comeback against Newcastle United.
Jones has been sidelined since early June after suffering a knee injury in Trinidad & Tobago's friendly defeat by England.
He is due to play for Sunderland's reserves on Wednesday night and reports have suggested he could then be involved in Saturday's derby with Newcastle, live on Sky Sports 1.
However, Black Cats boss Keane will wait to assess Jones after his reserve run-out before deciding if the powerful forward will face the Magpies.
"He's due a reserve game tonight and the plan is to probably give him an hour," said Keane on Sky Sports News.
"He's been out for a long time and we'll see how he goes. Hopefully he'll get through the game and we'll probably have a better idea tomorrow or Friday if there's any sort of reaction.
"I'm sure people are putting one and one together and coming up with five, but we're not concerned about Kenwyne for Saturday.
"The priority is to come through the reserve game and try and get back in the first-team squad."
When asked if he was ruling Jones out of his plans for the Newcastle clash, Keane replied: "I didn't say that."
Keane is looking forward to the weekend encounter at the Stadium of Light, with Newcastle heading into the game on the back of successive 2-2 draws.
He added: "I saw them against Everton a few weeks ago and they looked dead and buried, but they came back and probably should have won the game.
"I saw another good, battling performance against Man City the other night, so their league form suggests they're in decent shape.
"Having said that, I think that form really goes out of the window in a derby match. We're ready and really looking forward to the game."