Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has hinted that he could recall Milan Baros to his starting line-up for Wednesday's Premiership clash against Manchester City.
The Czech Republic international looked lively when he came on as a substitute in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough, and the striker's attitude did not go unnoticed by O'Neill.
"He looked bright and I thought that was a follow-up from the reserve game at Tottenham last Monday," the former Celtic manager told Villa's official website.
"He looked as if he wanted to get at people. He has put himself in contention now, and that's good."
However, the Villa boss has once again told the club's fans not to expect too much from his team this season.
After a poor 2005-06 campaign under the guidance of previous boss David O'Leary, O'Neill has transformed the club's fortunes, and Saturday's draw left Villa fifth in the Premiership table.
However O'Neill added: "I think the fans are wary. They're folding their arms and saying 'Let's see'.
"They've seen too many of these false dawns before. Let's just see how we get through the next eight games until the transfer window opens in January and see where we are then."