Aston Villa have reportedly offered James Collins a short-term contract to help out their defence.
According to The Daily Mail, Collins will sign a five-week contract with Aston Villa to see them through the busy December period.
But when his contract expires in January, the Villans will have an interesting decision to make.
Should they reward Collins with an extension until the end of the season (or beyond) or should they recall Tommy Elphick instead?
In James Chester and Axel Tuanzebe, Dean Smith has his set centre-back partnership.
But with a lack of depth in that department, Aston Villa may be left short with plenty of games coming up in December.
Collins eases their worries for now but Smith will be keen to check whether the 35-year-old still has the legs to earn a more permanent deal.
The ex-Wales international was a fans’ favourite at West Ham last season and was usually reliable at the back.
But he may have lost some sharpness having not played any competitive football since May.
Elphick, on the other hand, gives Aston Villa an alternative option.
Steve Bruce decided to send the 31-year-old to Hull City on loan, where he has been a solid member of an otherwise leaky defence.
Elphick’s career at Aston Villa has not really taken off but he could earn himself a recall. Smith’s decision will depend entirely on how Collins fares when he is called upon, though.