Jonathan Woodgate finally returned to action after a career-threatening groin injury as the Tottenham defender played in a training ground friendly against QPR on Tuesday.
Woodgate's injury-plagued career appeared over earlier this season when Spurs manager Harry Redknapp revealed treatment on the England international's serious groin problem was proving unsuccessful.
But the 30-year-old former Real Madrid and Leeds centre-back, who has been out for 14 months, then began to show signs of improvement and took a huge stride forward by completing 45 minutes in the QPR friendly.
"Woody was outstanding," technical co-ordinator Tim Sherwood told Spurs' official website. "He's not played for such a long time, but it was as if he'd never been away."
Redknapp was forced to omit Woodgate from his 25-man squad for the first half of the Premier League season but may decide to include him when he resubmits it when the transfer window closes.