Jermaine Jenas is expected to be included in the Nottingham Forest squad to face east midlands rivals Derby at the City Ground on Sunday.
Jenas, who came through the youth ranks at Forest and scored four goals in 33 games before he was sold to Newcastle for £5million as a teenager in 2002, has rejoined his hometown club on a month's loan from Tottenham as he looks to regain his fitness following a series of injury problems in recent years.
Manager Sean O'Driscoll must decide whether to go with Jenas from the off or start the 29-year-old midfielder on the bench, with the latter being more likely.
On-loan Chelsea full-back Sam Hutchinson missed last weekend's defeat at Leeds after injuring his knee at Crystal Palace and he remains a doubt.
Midfielder Adlene Guedioura will serve the second game of a three-match ban for his red card at Selhurst Park 10 days ago.
Derby are expected to make the short trip along the A52 with an unchanged squad.
The Rams reported no new problems following the 2-1 home defeat to Burnley.
However, teenage striker Mason Bennett's hopes of winning back a place in the squad were scuppered last weekend when he suffered a knock while playing for the Under-18s.
Mark O'Brien resumed full training last week following a lengthy absence with a knee injury but the defender is not yet ready to be considered for a first-team return.
Defender James O'Connor, midfielder Michael Jacobs and attackers Nathan Tyson, Theo Robinson and Conor Doyle are options for manager Nigel Clough should he wish to make changes to his starting line-up at the City Ground.
The Rams recorded a first league double over their east midlands rivals in 40 years last season, winning 2-1 at Forest and 1-0 in the return fixture at Pride Park.