Scotland boss George Burley is ready to name Alan Hutton in his squad on Tuesday for the forthcoming World Cup double-header with Holland and Iceland.
And he will give the Tottenham defender every chance to make a shock international return after four months out with a foot injury.
Former Rangers star Hutton will play his first comeback match for Spurs at West Brom next Monday in a reserve encounter. If he comes through that fixture unscathed, boss Harry Redknapp could give Burley the green light to involve the £9million right-back against the Dutch in Amsterdam on March 28 or Iceland at Hampden on April 1.
Burley said: 'You give everyone every chance to make it and we have to bear in mind we have the second game against Iceland. That's more than a fortnight away, which gives Alan the chance for more training and action.'
Sportsmail understands Redknapp has spoken to Burley about Hutton, whose season has been wrecked by a stress fracture in his foot.
He has made only seven club appearances and suffered a recurrence of the injury when facing Argentina for Scotland on November 19. Vedran Corluka and Pascal Chimbonda now offer him intense competition at Spurs.
'Alan returned to full training this week and could well play for the reserves next week,' said White Hart Lane coach Joe Jordan. 'He has been doing well. But we have nine games left, important matches, and the big thing for us is that Alan has a chance of being involved.'
Birmingham City striker James McFadden has been ruled out, however, with a knee injury. But there was some good news for McFadden on Monday when he was given back his 14th goal for Scotland by FIFA.
His strike in the 2-1 win over Iceland last year was awarded to Celtic's Barry Robson instead. FIFA initially refused to credit the ex-Motherwell star with the vital touch but have done a U-turn and their website now states the goalscorer as McFadden.
Rangers teenager John Fleck, meanwhile, has been promoted to the Scotland Under-21 set-up. The 17-year-old has bypassed the Under-19s to join the squad for the forthcoming European Championship qualifying double-header with Albania.
FULL SQUAD: Barclay (Falkirk on loan to Berwick), Gallacher (Rangers), Martin (Leeds on loan to Barrow); Caddis (Celtic on loan to Dundee United), Easton (Hamilton), Hanlon (Hibernian), Marr (Celtic), Mitchell (Falkirk), Scobbie (Falkirk); Arfield (Falkirk), Bannan (Aston Villa), Fleck (Rangers), McDonald (Burnley), McGinn (St Mirren), Shinnie (Rangers on loan to Dundee), Stevenson (Hibernian); Goodwillie (Dundee United), Loy (Rangers on loan to Dunfermline), Maguire (Aberdeen), Murphy (Motherwell).