Birmingham City have their first public friendly on these shores at Dagenham & Redbridge tonight (Wednesday, 7.45pm).
And after a miserable time of it in Austria on tour, Alex McLeish’s side will be looking for a morale-boosting victory.
McLeish has refused to get overly alarmed about Blues’ three defeats in the Tirol, and lack of any goals.
The eight-day stay was primarily an exercise in improving fitness levels, assimilating new signings and generally building a bond between the squad for the Premier League campaign ahead.
Nonetheless, a win tonight against the League Two side would be welcome, and McLeish’s choice of line-up will be awaited with interest.
He admitted that the games in Austria told him certain things about certain players, and what style of play and formation suited them.
And it hardened his resolve to bring in more signings to those slowly finding their feet.
Arsenal’s Armand Traore remains a wanted man.
McLeish started Stuart Parnaby at left-back twice and Jared Wilson once in Austria. Franck Queudrue only clocked 27 minutes as a substitute in the opening match before suffering a calf strain.
David Murphy is continuing a rehabilitation programme after fracturing his kneecap in April.
Blues could include Giovanny Espinoza in their squad for the first time.
He has been training on his own at Wast Hills since his visa was processed.
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland defender Michael McKerr has signed for Oldham Athletic.
The 19-year-old was released by Blues in May.
n?Manchester City are confident of securing Kolo Toure’s transfer from Arsenal by the end of this week in a move which would take manager Mark Hughes’ spending this summer close to the £100?million mark.
Talks between City and Arsenal are continuing and Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has conceded the Ivory Coast defender could be leaving.
It is understood City are very hopeful of wrapping up a deal for the 28-year-old, for a sum in the region of £15?million, before the end of the week.
Hughes has already spent £80.5?million, including £25?million on Emmanuel Adebayor from Arsenal as well as the costly signings of Roque Santa Cruz, Carlos Tevez and Gareth Barry. He is thought to also be keen on Everton defender Joleon Lescott.