Jamie O’Hara is set to pull on a Wolves shirt again after his Stateside trip – with the chance to showcase himself against the Premier League champions.
The £5m exile returned from a three-week series of one-to-one intense training sessions in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Now he is to figure in the Under-21s League visit of Manchester United at Molineux on Monday (7pm).
But the 27-year-old midfielder, who has more than two years left on his contract, doesn’t appear to be any closer to gatecrashing Kenny Jackett’s promotion-chasers.
“He’s back. We play Manchester United at Molineux on Monday and he’ll be working towards that,” said head coach Jackett.
“The trip went fine and he’s looking to play some football now.
“He’s now keeping himself fit after a few weeks without a game, and now has to get match-fit to make sure if he’s called upon and somebody needs him, he’s ready.”
“I haven’t selected him for some time, but he’s a player with ability and it’s been a surprise to me nobody has taken a chance on him.”
O’Hara is one of several players accused of compromising team spirit , and he is the most high profile survivor of the club’s ‘double-dip’ relegation.
Seventeen players have left since the summer, while 12 have been loaned out, with seven new arrivals.
Jackett believes team spirit has improved because the squad has shrunk and players can see a clearer path to a first-team place.
“We have fewer players than we had in the summer and have 12 out on loan, and the number of players is often key to team spirit,” said the boss.