Jackie McNamara has been the forgotten man of Molineux this season, but the Scottish international defender is hoping that his return to fitness will coincide with Wolverhampton Wanderers' promotion push.
McNamara played an hour for the reserves in a 1-0 home defeat to Sunderland at the Bucks Head on Tuesday night, showing little sign of any ring-rust after six months out following cruciate knee ligament surgery.
And, although fellow Scot Maurice Ross will want to play on Saturday against his former club Sheffield Wednesday, McNamara is clearly in the frame.
But, after such a wasted season, the former Celtic right-back would be pleased to play any part in Wolves' Championship push.
If they reach the play-off final, it may mean he features in ten games.
"Everything's starting to take shape and we're still in there fighting," said McNamara, who confirmed earlier this week that he had changed his mind about retiring from international football.
"It's been frustrating this season that there have been games we have totally dominated and then maybe lost to a sucker punch late on.
"We're still in there with a chance and have got to try and take it.
"We're on an eight-game unbeaten run and that sort of run, winning and particularly not losing games, gives you a confidence and a good mentality. "It could all go down to the wire. Preston's game in hand is against Crewe and you'd expect them to win that but we've still got to go to Preston and that could be a massive game for us.
"But, for starters, Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday is a must-win. Wednesday had a great result against Preston at the weekend which will give them confidence.
"If we can just play like the last home game against Cardiff we should be okay.
"As for when I'm available for the first team now all depends on when the management want to use me but I'm delighted to get 60 minutes under my belt without any reaction."