Nicolas Anelka could make a shock return for West Bromwich Albion against Swansea City on Saturday after returning to training at the Hawthorns.
The French international is back in contention for Steve Clarke's squad after resuming his West Brom career, following almost a week away from the club on compassionate leave, because of the death of a close friend.
WBA head coach Clarke confirmed Anelka returned to training with the rest of the squad this morning and the pair have held a short meeting in which the 34-year-old striker confirmed his commitment to the club.
"He explained to me the circumstances for his state of mind last week and we have cleared that up. He is fine now and he has trained very well today," said Clarke.
"He came in and told me that he is looking forward to doing all he can to help the club for the rest of the season."
Anelka's return comes at the perfect time, with Clarke without striker Matej Vydra for at least three weeks because of a hamstring injury suffered in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.
Vydra is certain to miss the Czech Republic's World Cup qualifiers next month and that will only intensify Clarke's determination to bring in more players ahead of Tuesdays transfer deadline.
Clarke has yet to spend anything on transfer fees this summer and feels he needs greater backing from club owner Jeremy Peace before the summer window closes.
"I would like to bring in two more forward players. We are trying hard to do that and make deals fall into place," said Clarke.
"We have not spent any money on transfer fees in this window. It will be a difficult few days for us we can't pull rabbits out of a hat.
"Richard Garlick (technical and sporting director) and the chairman are working to make things happen but it is difficult. Now it is down to the club to bring them in."
Clarke may also register a late interest in loaning Jack Butland from Stoke City as cover for Ben Foster, who is out for three months with a stress fracture of the right foot.