Carlos Tevez will have a week's intensive training before Mark Hughes decides whether to pitch Manchester City's new signing into the Premier League battle at Blackburn.
With Argentina coach Diego Maradona heeding Hughes' plea to leave Tevez out of his country's friendly with Russia in Moscow, City have the chance to build up his fitness after a 25 minute outing against Celtic yesterday.
Hughes is doubtful about Tevez's chances of starting at Ewood Park given it was his first appearance of the entire pre-season campaign as he struggled to overcome a heel problem.
However, recognising what a positive impact the 25-year-old had on the City supporters yesterday, as well as his contribution to a 2-1 win, the Blues chief is eager to give Tevez every opportunity.
"I would like to think Carlos will play a part on Saturday although we will have to see how this week goes before we decide whether to start him or not," said Hughes. "He has been a bit frustrated because he has not been able to put any weight on the heel for the vast majority of pre-season and has been chomping at the bit to play.
"But he looked really sharp when he came on. And the reaction he got from the crowd was fantastic.
"He is going to do great things for us. His energy he gives the team a trigger and a focus for when we want to press and engage people. He is going to be really important."