At his best, Herman Ese'ese is arguably Newcastle's most explosive ball-running forward.
But he has learned the hard way this season there are no guarantees when it comes to team selection despite being close to his side's best forward in 2018.
Issues around his defence and work-rate have restricted the Kiwi international to just one game in the top grade this season but his lower-grade exile appears over with the Knights prop back in the squad to meet the Gold Coast Titans on Sunday.
Despite a sub-par performance against Manly last weekend, Knights coach Nathan Brown has made just one change to his 17-man squad for the Titans clash with Ese'ese set to start on the bench following news Aidan Guerra will be sidelined for up to four months following surgery to repair a fractured and dislocated ankle.
The only other potential change could be the inclusion of backrower Sione Mata'utia, who missed the Manly game with a shoulder injury.
He has been named in an extended squad but seems certain to come into the team if he is cleared to resume this week by the club's medical staff.
With utility Kurt Mann set to miss at least one more week and possibly two because of a sternum injury, Mason Lino has been retained at five-eighth with Connor Watson named to start on the bench.
There remains a possibility their roles could be reversed.
Meanwhile, Guerra could be back for the final four or five games of the premiership if all goes well with his recover.
"He got operated on yesterday. He's going to be roughly four months they are saying at this stage," Brown said yesterday. "It could have been a lot worse. Obviously, it could have been a little better and not happen. The initial fears when he first did it were a bit worse so around the four month mark they are tipping."
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Brown is confident Guerra 31, will make a full recovery.
"As it's turned out, it's not the worse case it could have been. Aidan will look after himself well, he'll recover well," he said.
"He'll be in good hands and we've got a good staff who will look after him."