The Ugo Ehiogu saga finally appears to be reaching a protracted conclusion, with a happy ending for all West Bromwich Albion supporters.
The procurement of Ehiogu from Middlesbrough appeared to be a racing certainty until concerns were raised that his defensive partner, Gareth Southgate, had broken his foot.
However, initial scan results are not as bad as first feared and Southgate is likely to be fit again within two weeks, thus clearing the path for Ehiogu's departure.
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The 34-year-old former Villa star, who was signed by Bryan Robson for Middlesbrough for a record fee of £8 million, is expected to finally link up with his former mentor at The Hawthorns tomorrow.
"We have still got a couple of things to iron out regarding personal terms," said Robson. "But we are hopeful that Ugo will be an Albion player very soon."
If personal terms are agreed, then Ehiogu could well be paraded in an Albion shirt on Sunday during their clash at Wigan.
Ehiogu, who made two substitute appearances as a teenager for Albion before Villa controversially signed him, would come straight into the equation as Neil Clement is recovering from a fractured cheekbone.
Robson, who is also running the rule over Charleroi defender Badou Kere and Artmedia Bratislava midfielder Jan Kozak this week, is acutely aware of Albion's need to garner points from their next six fixtures.
They face Wigan, Sunderland, Charlton, Blackburn, Fulham and Ehiogu's Middlesbrough before entertaining Chelsea.
The Baggies then face an arduous run-in and would hope to have gleaned enough points during January and February to give them breathing space for their torrid run of fixtures during the last two months of the season.
"If we have ambitions of staying in the Premiership, then the games we have coming up are the ones we have to win," Robson said.
"I am not interested in what has happened in the past. We know it will be a big game at Wigan and we have got to start improving our away results.
"We know that we have to win a few games away from home and we aren't really playing any big teams in our next six games."
Robson's fortunes will be bolstered by the return of Zoltan Gera after the Hungary international grabbed his first goal since September in the FA Cup draw with Reading last week.
Robson is hopeful that it will signify an end to the travails that Gera has endured during this campaign as he has fought illness and injury.
With Diomansy Kamara in Egypt for the African Nations Cup, it is an ideal opportunity for Gera to stake his claim.
"Zoltan's composure with his penalty was excellent," added Robson.
"It will be nice to have him operating at 100 per cent, as I had to protect him last Saturday to a certain extent by putting him on the bench, as he is striving for full fitness.
"We will see how he goes this week in training. as to whether he starts or not on Sunday.
"It is important that he is fit, as we need another wide player with Kamara being away. However, I could use him in a forward role if other players aren't performing."