Steve McClaren watched Sylvain Marveaux step up his push for a recall at Newcastle United.
The midfielder played in this afternoon's 2-1 Under-21 Premier League win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the club's windswept training ground.
Marveaux was taken off late in the game, decided by a late strike from Adam Laidler, as a precaution with a minor knock.
The 29-year-old – who spent last season on loan at Guingamp – last played a first-team game for Newcastle in March last year.
And Marveaux is yet to make the bench under head coach McClaren, whose side take on Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Dan Barlaser gave Peter Beardsley's Under-21s a first-half lead, but Eusebio Bancessi levelled for Wolves with eight minutes left on the clock.
Laidar, however, claimed all three points for United with a late strike.
Newcastle captain Lubomir Satka said: “It was difficult with the wind – the weather wasn't good.
“One minute it was snowing the next it was sunny, but we played through all of the circumstances. We tried to pass the ball around. It was quite tough, but we did quite well.
"We always have that character and we can come back. We didn’t leave our heads down, we just kept going and going.
“It was a bad goal to concede at a bad time, but we managed to dig it out and get a goal at the end."
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Woodman, Barlaser, Williams, Satka, Gibson, Gallagher, Longstaff, Smith, Laidler, Marveaux, Roberts.