Mamady Sidibe will play for Stoke reserves on Wednesday as he continues his rehabilitation after more than a year of injury problems.
Potters boss Tony Pulis told The Sentinel: "It will be fantastic to see him back playing again after everything he's been through.
"We've obviously kept a close eye on his progress and not rushed anything.
"He's such a lovely lad and certainly hasn't deserved what's happened to him with these injuries.
"He's due some good luck at long last and we are all keeping our fingers crossed it starts from tomorrow."