Freddy Adu is expected to get his first start of the season when Belenenses host Nacional on Monday at Estadio do Restelo in Lisbon.
Belenenses head coach Joao Carlos Pereira will be utilizing a 4-4-2 formation with Adu to start up front for the struggling Portuguese club who currently sit 14th in the league standings with six points.
Monday's game is a make-up match between the two clubs and it stands to provide a golden opportunity for Adu to showcase his attacking skills.
The absences of Yontcha due to a knee injury and fellow forward Fredy who is with the Portuguese Under-21 team are requiring Pereira to fill a slot up front with the loanee from Benfica.
The head man could certainly use a spark from his offense which has been anemic during this year's campaign with just four goals scored.
To this point on the young season, Adu has seen action in one Portuguese Cup match and one league match with both appearances coming off the bench as a second half substitute.
The former DC United man played well in Belenenses' 1-0 Cup loss to Rio Ave but went largely unnoticed in a scoreless draw at Sporting Lisbon.
A victory for O Belem would help torpedo the club up the league standings to within striking distance of the top five.
Aside from the aforementioned players out of action for Belenenses, Pereira should be able to count on a full squad.
CD Nacional head coach Manuel Machado will be without a slew of players out on international duty including Algerian defender Rafik Halliche, Angolan forward Mateus, Slovenian midfielder Nejc Pecnik and midfielder Joao Aurelio who is also with the Portuguese U-21 squad.