Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa could make his return to action against Wolves on April 2.
The France international, 23, has been sidelined since last October when he suffered a double leg-break in a controversial tackle by Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong.
Despite the injury the Magpies made his loan move from Marseille a permanent one in January, with Ben Arfa putting pen-to-paper on a four-and-a-half-year deal with the North East Club.
And manager Alan Pardew has now revealed the player could make his long-awaited return when Wolves visit St James’ Park in little over a month’s time.
Pardew told the Chronicle: “You’d like to think he’s got every chance of playing against Wolves.
“The Stoke game (on March 19) is probably too soon for him.
“He will not be toned up as he has been out for so long. He’s running, but he’s a good month away.”