Ricky Holmes is set to make his first appearance since August 15 when the Cobblers take on Yeovil Town at Sixfields on Saturday (ko 3pm).
The winger has been out of action since suffering a back spasm in the warm-up ahead of the Sky Bet League Two clash with Barnet on August 18.
He was unable to train at all for several weeks after suffering the injury, and it has been a long road back for the Portsmouth man.
But Holmes is now fit and firing, and manager Chris Wilder said: “Ricky will be in the 18 on Saturday.
“That is another great boost for us. We have missed a really good player and a great character as well.
“We have had the temptation of possibly involving him last Saturday, and on Tuesday, but we have resisted that.
“We have had this date in our heads for quite a long time, and it is testament to the work that the sports science guy has done, and the physios have done with Ricky, that we get him back.”
There are no fresh injury concerns for the Cobblers, but they will be without suspended right-back Brendan Moloney who was sent off in the 2-1 win at Crawley on Tuesday night.
“We have a decision as to how we go about replacing Brendan who has been outstanding,” said Wilder, who says there is no chance of his team taking bottom-of-the-table Yeovil lightly.
“The team are raring to go and in good spirits. We are positive and confident, but not arrogant.
“They are not an arrogant group and they have been around long enough to know this will be a tough game.”