William Gallas is set to make his Tottenham debut against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday after appearing in a reserve team game on Tuesday.
The France international joined Spurs in a controversial free transfer switch from north London rivals Arsenal last month.
Gallas had been allowed to steadily return to fitness during the opening weeks of the season following his World Cup exertions.
However, injuries to skipper Ledley King, long-term absentee Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson on England duty against Bulgaria on Friday night have hastened his arrival on the first-team scene.
The 33-year-old was put through his paces in a second string game against QPR on Tuesday.
Gallas played 70 minutes of the 3-1 victory and impressed watching coach Tim Sherwood.
"It was William's first game for a while and it was excellent for the younger boys to play alongside him," he told the club's official website.
"He showed how he squeezes play up the pitch, how he uses his body and he manages the game superbly."
Spurs return to Premier League against with a trip to The Hawthorns to face West Brom on Saturday afternoon.