Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland is expected to produce an eagerly awaited return from injury as his aspect look to battle back into the Bundesliga top four with a make an impression on high-fliers Wolfsburg on Sunday.
The prolific Norwegian prodigy has missed the previous four league games and the previous seven in all competitions after picking up a hamstring injury in early December.
Yet the 20-year-old came back to workforce training this week, and Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed that he'd be back in action this weekend.
"Erling's recovery has truly gone well. We are working on the assumption that he can play against Wolfsburg," said Zorc.
Haaland's return is normally timely, with his side in desperate need of a win after a miserable work of web form before Christmas found them drop to fifth in the table, eight points behind leaders Bayern Munich and two behind Sunday's opponents Wolfsburg.
Dortmund sacked coach Lucien Favre after they were thrashed by promoted area Stuttgart in mid-December, before struggling a shock away defeat to minnows Union Berlin within their second game in caretaker boss Edin Terzic.
Defeat to Wolfsburg would see Dortmund lose four residence league games in a good row for the very first time in 20 years.
"The main thing is that we start very well and end very well," said Haaland, who possesses scored 17 goals in 14 games in every competitions this season.
In a time squashed by the coronavirus pandemic, many Bundesliga clubs experienced just a week off in the shortest winter break in the league's history.
Yet soon after their pre-Christmas cup tie was first postponed until January, champions Bayern experienced an extra week to recover and are expected to waltz former struggling Mainz on Sunday and defend their two-point lead near the top of the table.
Second from bottom level and with out a win in six video games, Mainz parted methods with both their coach and sporting director over Christmas. Huddersfield boss Jan Siewert will need the reins as interim coach against Bayern.
There has been a changing of the guard at bottom golf club Schalke, where fresh coach Christian Gross will need charge of his initially game apart to Hertha Berlin in Saturday.
Ex - Tottenham and Stuttgart coach Gross offers been charged with leading Schalke away of danger and closing their miserable winless streak of 29 games.
Having not won as carry on January, the seven-period German champions are now just two games away from equalling Tasmania Berlin's unwanted record of 31 games without a win, problem in 1966.