Stoke City striker Mamady Sidibe is poised to continue his return to full fitness by featuring for the club's reserve side on Wednesday, after more than a year of injury problems.
The 31-year-old snapped his Achilles tendon during a Premier League clash against Tottenham in August 2010 before enduring the same injury whilst training in February.
The forward was given some encouragement in his attempt to get fit when Potters boss Tony Pulis named him in his 25-man league squad, and he looks set to get some minutes under his belt against Nottingham Forest’s second string.
"It will be fantastic to see him back playing again after everything he's been through,” Pulis told The Sentinel.
"We've obviously kept a close eye on his progress and not rushed anything.
"He's such a lovely lad and certainly hasn't deserved what's happened to him with these injuries.
"He's due some good luck at long last and we are all keeping our fingers crossed it starts from Wednesday."
Once fully fit, the Malian faces a battle to break back into Pulis' line-up following increased competition in the striking berths from summers buys Peter Crouch and Cameron Jerome.