Sam Morsy is fighting hard to give much needed boost to wounded Wigan Athletic before Saturday in Leeds.
The Latics skipper missed the first three games of the season after suffering a thigh injury towards the end of the preseason.
However, after returning to full training without reaction, he prevails against Marcelo Bielsa's favorites in the DW Stadium.
After Latics suffered a bleak defeat this past weekend in Preston with the elimination in the Carabao Cup by Stoke, Latics boss Paul Cook is not long ago.
"Sammy has been training with the rest of the team for a few days, so there are no problems with his fitness," Cook said.
"We just did not want to involve him in such a game on Tuesday, we never wanted to risk him.
"But after a full week of training, he's ready for Leeds."
The return of Morsy will be a timely surprise for Cook after much of the optimism has disappeared after defeating Cardiff on Matchday 1 with two defeats in three days.
"On Saturday it will be a tough game," admitted the Latics boss.
"Leeds are a fantastic team, they travel very well with great support and are probably the favorites to win the league.
"We know it's a tough job, but we have a great record at home – and we want to keep it that weekend."
Cook is considering announcing the changes to his league lineup after loans from Dujon Sterling and Bright Enobakhare made their debut against the Potters.
Joe Williams impressed in his first start in midfield, and Cook admits that he is giving cause for concern – especially as there is a difficult journey to Middlesbrough next Tuesday.
"I thought Joe was great against Stoke, he played really well," he admitted.
"All we have to do is find out as quickly as possible what our best team is.
"You can not know that when the boys debut on Tuesday.
"We have injured players coming back all the time – and that, of course, gives us plenty of opportunities."