Derby County midfielder George Thorne is set to play his first game in six months when he features for the Rams' Under-21 side against Stoke on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old joined the club in the summer following a loan spell last season but damaged knee ligaments during pre-season in July.
First-team coach Paul Simpson told BBC East Midlands Today that Thorne's attitude had been "first class".
"It'll be a really big boost to get 45 minutes under his belt," Simpson said.
"We're all looking forward to seeing him back out there."