Adelaide United's attacking weapon Matthew Leckie will return from an extended A-League absence against North Queensland Fury on Friday night.
Leckie tore ligaments in a knee on October 29, but will come from the bench against the lowly Fury at Hindmarsh Stadium.
The 19-year-old playmaker has been earmarked for a 30-minute cameo by Adelaide coach Rini Coolen.
"He's on the bench, he's good enough to come in," Coolen said on Thursday.
"He did a lot of physical sessions in the last weeks after his injury ... he doesn't feel any pain, he feels a lot of confidence."
Third-placed Adelaide must win against the Fury to keep pace with Central Coast Mariners, currently in second spot with a three point buffer over the Reds.
Coolen believed Adelaide would replace the Mariners by winning their final five games, with second place likely to be decided when the clubs meet on January 29.
"We have to win our own games, still five games to go, so we win those five games and everything is in our own hands," Coolen said.
"Four (wins) could be enough ... but that is what we have to do and that starts tomorrow.
"I still believe if we win all the five games, definitely we will be able to stay in position number two, but you never know for sure of course."
Coolen said the pressured stakes for the remainder of the season would benefit his players.
"If you want to reach something, there is pressure every week and we have to handle that," he said.
"It is something to improve every week - we had a couple of weeks where it was less perfect but the last three games were more than good.
"And we must continue that way otherwise we lose the control of spot number two."
The Fury welcome back captain Ufuk Talay from a hamstring tear for Friday night's fixture, with striker David Williams and defender Brett Studman also returning to action.
The trio replace Ramazan Tavsancioglu, whose short-term injury replacement contract has ended, Adam Casey (hamstring) and vice-captain Gareth Edds (ankle).