Aston Villa defender Wilfred Bouma is set to make his comeback after six months out of action with a broken ankle.
The Netherlands left-back has been sidelined since suffering the injury during an Intertoto Cup game against Odense last July.
The 30-year-old will not feature in Thursday's UEFA Cup trip to CSKA Moscow but has been pencilled in for the club's next reserve team outing.
"Bouma should play in the next reserve game," confirmed Villa boss Martin O'Neill. "He should have played last week but felt a bit sore on the day of the game.
"He will not travel to Moscow for the UEFA Cup game with CSKA but he will do some work here."
Meanwhile, Carlos Cuellar and Nigel Reo-Coker have been ruled out of the trip to Russia with hamstring problems.
"Cuellar will not be going to Moscow. He played at the weekend but, regardless of whether he played or not, I was not going to subject him to the travelling and playing on the plastic pitch - and the same goes with Reo-Coker," added O'Neill.
"They will spend the week getting ready (for Sunday's clash with Stoke)."