Manchester United's Gabriel Heinze successfully came through over an hour's reserve team football against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Heinze has not played for Man Utd's first-team since 14 September
Heinze, 28, has been out since suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury against Villarreal in September.
But the left-back put in a typically tenacious display contributing a number of important tackles, including one goalline clearance.
The Red Devils' second string won the match 1-0.
Kieran Richardson and Quinton Fortune also also featured in the game as the midfield pair continued their recovery from injury.