Tony Mowbray has revealed that Corry Evans should return to match action on Monday night.
The Northern Ireland international, who has been sidelined since the turn of the year with a troublesome groin injury, has been back in training this past week and is expected to play some part for the Under-23s in their Premier League 2 match against Middlesbrough.
"The plan is to give him some game time at Middlesbrough on Monday night," revealed Mowbray.
"I think it is wiser for him to play in a competitive game, probably half a game or 60 minutes at Middlesbrough with the Under-23s and see how he gets on.
"I've had a good chat with Corry. I like his footballing talent, I like the way he receives the ball, he's got what I call 'soft feet', he's got lovely passing feet and he'll keep the ball moving for us.
"So I'm looking forward to him being fit, ready, and available. He's not too far away. It'll be a couple of weeks before we can train with him on a Friday thinking that he is going to start the football match."
Adam Henley is also expected to step up his match time having played 30 minutes for the development squad last time out.