SIEM de Jong is set to return to the field just two months after suffering a collapsed lung.
The Newcastle United forward will play for the club’s Under-21s against Derby County at St James’s Park tomorrow night.
And winger Rolando Aarons – who has been sidelined for the past five months with hamstring and thigh injuries – could also be involved in the Under-21 Premier League fixture.
The match has been switched to the stadium from Whitley Park because of de Jong’s involvement.
If de Jong can prove his fitness, he will be in the frame for a first-team return before the end of the campaign.
Head coach John Carver will make a late check on Aarons before deciding whether he should play against Derby.
However, neither player will be involved in Sunday’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at St James’s Park.
“We’ve got a reserve game tomorrow night, and Siem de Jong will definitely play in that,” said Carver, whose side lost 2-0 to Liverpool at Anfield last night.
“I’m going to check on Rolando and see how he’s feeling.
“If he’s up for it, we’ll give him some part of the game, but not we’ll leave him alone for now.
“I can’t see, to be quite honest, either of them being available for Sunday.”
Carver – whose side has failed to score in five of it’s last Premier League seven games – is desperate for some more attacking options, having seen his squad decimated by injuries and suspensions.
And the return of de Jong and Aarons for the club’s run-in would be a huge lift.
Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers felt Newcastle still had players capable of “hurting” his side, despite the lengthy list of absentees at Anfield.
Goals from Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen gave the home side the points.
“Newcastle have got good players who can hurt you, especially on the counter-attack,” said Rodgers, whose fifth-placed side are four points off the Champions League places.
“We were a bit loose at times with the ball, but maybe could have got one or two more goals.
“Once we got the goal, I thought we had control of the game.”
On Sterling, Rodgers added: “He should have had a hat-trick – his performance was outstanding.”