Manchester United captain Gary Neville is set to make his long-awaited return from injury for the club's reserves on Thursday.
The England right-back has been sidelined since March with an ankle problem which required surgery during the summer.
But, following his return from that initial blow, the 32-year-old then suffered calf and thigh injuries which have prevented him from making a first-team appearance this season.
However, after returning to full training towards the end of last month, Neville is set to return in a second string outing against Liverpool.
"We're hoping to use Gary against Liverpool reserves this week. That's the plan," United boss Sir Alex Ferguson told the club's official website.
"He's getting better and he's improving all the time.
"He's over his last injury and he has been training now for over two weeks and he is at a good level.
"Because he has been out for so long, he needs games now and hopefully he can start on Thursday. It will be a good introduction for him game-wise."