Cheik Tiote is under consideration to feature for Newcastle United this evening for the Championship clash away to Nottingham Forest.
Tiote, 30, has made only one appearance for Newcastle this season, a 16 minute cameo as a substitute at Aston Villa in late September.
Crystal Palace's Yohan Cabaye in action with Newcastle's Cheick Tiote
The injury hit midfielder was part of the squad for the Hull City EFL Cup clash in midweek, although did not feature.
The 30-year-old Ivory Coast international has been at Newcastle since 2010 and the club have seen the very best and worst of him since then.
It is the memories of Tiote bossing Premier League midfield opponents which keep him relevant, in the knowledge that if he gets fit and can stay fit, he could be a real asset in the Championship.
Cheick Tiote celebrates after scoring Newcastle's fourth goal
The Chronicle report Tiote is under consideration for selection for Friday night's match away to Nottingham Forest, who scored five goals in a recent away win against Barnsley.
Tiote's defensive midfield prowess could certainly come in useful, if Newcastle make the assessment that he is ready to contribute.
Benitez said welcomely about his availability: "I asked him if he’s ready to compete and he said yes. He’s one more player for us.”
Newcastle's Cheick Tiote is substituted as manager Rafael Benitez looks on
Here is a look at how Newcastle fans reacted to the reports Tiote could come back into the side...
TIOTE to make a return!— JJBESIKTAS (@jj_nufc) December 1, 2016
When fit this man can win you games, he breaks down play & disrupts the opposition, brilliant for away games #nufc
I'd throw Tiote into the starting 11 tomorrow— @Bristol_NUFC (@Bristol_NUFC) December 1, 2016
Who's with me? #nufc
Tiote to start tomorrow and boss the midfield.— Le Squish (@SquashyNUFC) December 1, 2016