Roy Hodgson is optimistic midfielder Zolton Gera will make a full recovery from his ankle operation and re-sign with West Brom.
The 32-year-old, who went under the knife last week, will pen a deal at the Hawthorns if he can prove his fitness once recovered from the surgery.
Gera will be suspended for the first three games of the new Premier League campaign after being sent off at the tail-end of last season for his previous club Fulham, and Baggies boss Hodgson is hoping his recovery will coincide with the end of that ban.
Hodgson told the Wolverhampton Express and Star: "Zoltan's operation went well and now we've just got to see how he recovers.
"But we are very hopeful that he will recover fully and our medical staff will pass him fit and he will sign for us.
"Funnily enough, he should be fit around about the time he will be eligible to play."
Hungary international Gera spent four seasons at West Brom before departing for Fulham in 2008.
Hodgson has also admitted interest in signing another former Albion player in Manchester United keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.
The Baggies chief is looking for a replacement for Scott Carson who has joined Turkish side Bursaspor.
Hodgson said: "We are in need of a goalkeeper and Kuszczak is one of the many names that we have considered."