Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez could make his first Premier League appearance after recovering from testicular cancer against Aston Villa on Saturday, manager John Carver said.
The 31-year-old had surgery in his native Argentina in September to remove his left testicle after the discovery of a tumour and received chemotherapy treatment.
Gutierrez, who has scored 10 goals in 177 league appearances for Newcastle since joining the club in 2008, last made a first-team appearance while on loan at Norwich City in April.
"I`m going to bring Jonas Gutierrez into the squad, and there`s a possibility he could be on the bench this weekend," Carver told a news conference on Thursday.
"That`s a huge lift for him, and for everyone else around the club, and certainly for the fans because I know how much they like him. I`m sure they`ll give him a good reception.
"My situation with Jonas is that if I need to use him, I will definitely use him."
Newcastle, crushed 5-0 by Manchester City last weekend, are 11th in the Premier League with 32 points from 26 matches.