Newcastle United's 'missing man' Facundo Ferreyra was sighted during an under-21 fixture for the club on Wednesday evening.
The on loan attacker was a second half substitute in the 2-0 loss to a Derby County side.
It is unclear how far off Ferreyra could be in terms of making a late season Premier League appearance, with the Argentina forward yet to play a single minute for the first team so far.
The 20-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk loanee watched on in the first half as Siem de Jong stepped up his recovery from injury.
The Dutchman has had a stop start season and could have been a real difference maker for John Carver's side had he been fit.
He is in the frame to make a Premier League comeback against Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park at the weekend, the Shields Gazette have reported.
The 26-year-old has played only 99 minutes of top flight football since joining the club last summer.
The only question is, with talk of a boycott among home fans for the game against Spurs, whether any Newcastle supporters will be there to see him play?