Almost 11 months after his last Bundesliga appearance, Germany goalkeeper Rene Adler is set to make his comeback on Wednesday for Bayer Leverkusen's reserves in Germany's fourth division.
The 27-year-old lost his place in the Germany team with a rib injury just before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and in his absence, Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer has become Joachim Loew's first choice.
A knee operation in July 2011 then cost Adler his place in the Leverkusen team and, in his absence, 20-year-old Bernd Leno has played in 27 of the 28 league matches to have taken place so far this season.
Having regained full fitness, Adler will make his comeback for Leverkusen's second team at home to VfL Bochum's reserves. His last competitive game was on May 14.
"It is a super thing for Rene, that he is finally fit and can play," said Leverkusen's reserve team manager Dirk Dreher.
"And it is great that we can offer him a stage to play on."