Newcastle United's Joey Barton is set to return to action for the reserves on Tuesday just 24 hours after Sam Allardyce vowed not to rush the midfielder back from a broken foot.
Speaking on Monday, the Magpies boss suggested Barton would continue to be sidelined with the broken metatarsal picked up in a pre-season friendly.
Barton had been rumoured to be close to a first-team return with speculation suggesting he could make his competitive debut in next weekend's clash with Everton.
"It's important that we don't get this hysteria in the media that he'll be back next week because he will not," said Allardyce.
"He needs four games under his belt before I would consider throwing him back in unless there is an injury crisis, which we are in a bit of a one at the moment."
However, the £5.8million summer signing is now set to feature in a reserve team outing against former club Manchester City on Tuesday evening.
Barton left the City of Manchester Stadium in acrimonious circumstances back in July.
The England midfielder was suspended towards the end of the season following a training ground fight with team-mate Ousmane Dabo.