For the first time in a long while, Alex McLeish is spoiled for choice.
The Birmingham City manager will over the next three days wrestle with the conundrum of who to pick against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
McLeish has been able to welcome back to Wast Hills not only the Blues players away on international duty (in rude health), but also some absent friends.
Of those who have been sidelined due to injury, James McFadden’s name looms large.
The £5 million Scottish international forward has missed Blues’ last 15 games after having surgery to correct a niggling knee problem.
That’s pretty much been McFadden’s lot this season.
Only fleetingly have Blues seen the kind of form that marked him down as someone capable of sprinkling magic dust on the park to change a game.
Injury and illness have dogged him and, as a result, Blues have not been able to call upon a player McLeish was certain would make such a difference in the Championship.
McFadden has been back in full training for several days and, according to McLeish, looks in fine fettle.
So does McLeish throw him straight back into Monday night’s crucial derby against Wolves at St Andrew’s?
It has to be tempting for McLeish, and the way McFadden performed at Molineux in November’s 1-1 draw – his best display of the season – will doubtless be considered.
However, Cameron Jerome has been carrying the fight very well in attack, and Garry O’Connor and Kevin Phillips – the latter now ready to start following his lay-off – are further down the line in terms of fitness.
Now Marcus Bent has also returned from injury. He played in a private friendly at Wast Hills on Tuesday, and let’s not forget that Carlos Costly scored twice for Honduras in their 3-1 win over Mexico in midweek. McFadden is able to play on the flanks as well as a primary or support striker, so his versatility could well get him the nod, probably among the substitutes.
As far as McLeish is concerned, having the headache itself is a welcome feeling.
“We’ve had more than our fair share of injuries to important players this season,” he said. “It’s been difficult for us, and a bit ironic when people at the start of the season asked why were we carrying five strikers.
“All being well, we’ve now got players coming back into it and available for selection. It gives me a problem in terms of who to pick, but it’s a problem I would rather have than not.”
Djimi Traore also played in the friendly, and Stuart Parnaby and Kemy Agustien are making headway with their injuries too.