Yohan Cabaye will return to the Newcastle team against Fulham on Saturday - if it has anything to do with manager Alan Pardew.
The 27-year-old France international has not kicked a ball for the Magpies this season after Arsenal lodged a £10million bid for him on the eve of their opening Barclays Premier League fixture at Manchester City.
Pardew has diplomatically declined to confirm reports that the former Lille midfielder has refused to play for the club after they rejected the Gunners' approach out of hand.
The manager has been bracing himself for a second offer - which is yet to materialise - after warning Arsene Wenger he would have to come up with "world-class" money to stand a chance of luring his compatriot away from St James' Park, but in the meantime, he expects him to get back to work this weekend.
Pardew said: "A bit like some of the other managers who are in my position, [Roberto] Martinez in particular at Everton, we have still got to wait until the window shuts before really and truly we can say 'yes' or 'nay' on a definite.
"But what I have said to Yohan Cabaye is I expect him to play this weekend. Until another bid comes in from Arsenal that is accepted or not, that will be the situation."
Whether that equates to Cabaye taking his place in the heart of the Newcastle midfield on Saturday remains to be seen, but Pardew, who saw his much-changed team beat League Two side Morecambe 2-0 in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, believes talks between the two men have gone some way towards clearing the air.
He said: "To be honest, our relationship really hasn't deteriorated too much in terms of what's gone on. I think he is in a better place and he knows the responsibility he has to Newcastle United."
Ideally, Pardew would like to still have one of his key players at his disposal when the summer transfer window closes at 11pm on Monday, although he knows that decision is not his to make and in that respect, he is not alone.
Asked if the deadline represented a watershed for the club, he said: "Not just us, for a number of Premier League teams. I think Everton are in a similar position to us, I think Manchester United are - actually, to a degree, Tottenham as well, there have been huge changes there.
"You have got great players unsettled and you need to understand what you are going to be left with when the window shuts and how good you are. You either come out of it stronger or weaker. We hope to come out of it stronger."
Regardless of the Cabaye situation, Pardew is looking to bolster his squad, although director of football Joe Kinnear has as yet managed only to land loan signing Loic Remy, who could figure from the bench against Fulham after shaking off the calf problem with which he arrived from QPR.
Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomis remains in the Magpies' sights, while they have enquired about a possible loan move for former striker Demba Ba, only to discover that Chelsea's fee for such an arrangement could exceed £3million, significantly more than Newcastle's initial offer.
Pardew said: "We have said, just taking Demba out of the equation for a second, that we need and would like another striker or maybe another two flair players in the side, so we are in the market for anybody in that field that we think is going to work for us.
"We work in a small sector of the market in terms of the finance we have available, so that's what we are concentrating on."
Asked what position he would like to be in when he heads to bed on Monday night, the 52-year-old said: "I hope I can keep all my players - that's one good thing, because you don't want to lose a world-class player like Yohan Cabaye - and hopefully the addition of one or two others."