West Ham boss Alan Curbishley is ready to hand Julien Faubert a full debut in tonight's FA Cup replay against Manchester City.
Curbishley has steered West Ham to mid-table safety but the FA Cup is their last realistic hope of qualifying for European competition next season.
Faubert arrived from Bordeaux for £6.1million last July.
Curbishley said: "Faubert has gone into full training over the last couple of weeks and it's the first time the players have seen him properly.
"They've been asking when he is going to be fully fit to play."