Darren Anderton has made a dramatic recovery from a knee injury and could be placed on the substitutes' bench for Wolverhampton Wanderers's match away to Sheffield United tomorrow.
The former England international has not played since sustaining the injury against Millwall last month and, while he will not make the starting line-up at Bramall Lane, he is likely to play some part in the Coca-Cola Championship match.
Glenn Hoddle, the Wolves manager, is impressed with Anderton's fortitude and a talk between the two this morning will determine to what extent, if any, the midfield player will be involved.
"Darren has had a couple of good training sessions this week and has joined in with the main group," Hoddle said. "I'm going to have a chat with him and see how he is but he won't start at Sheffield.
"There is an option to put him on the bench but it would be a big game for him to go back in to. It might be better to hold him back for Tuesday's game."
Hoddle is hopeful that Stefan Postma, the Aston Villa goalkeeper on loan at Molineux, will be able to take his place on the bench at Bramall Lane.
Postma strained his ankle in the reserve-team match against Manchester United on Monday and has been having intensive treatment on the injury.
"The bruising has come out, which is a good thing," Hoddle said. " He has improved a lot over the last 48 hours. The option of recalling Paul Jones is there, but we are hopeful Stefan will be okay." n Sheffield United are hoping to reach a compromise with goalkeeper Paddy Kenny after he turned down the offer of a two-year contract extension.