Fleetwood Town have been boosted by the return to training of experienced full back Stephen Jordan.
The former Manchester City and Burnley defender has been sidelined for eight weeks with a torn muscle in his groin.
But he returned to the training pitch this week and his hoping to be in first team contention for next Saturday’s visit of current leaders Oxford United.
“I’m back in training now after eight weeks out and I’m really enjoying myself and feeling fit,” said Jordan
“I’m a little bit tentative with the injury but that’s not uncommon after spending a long period out.
“That will go after a few days in training.
“A full week should put me in better shape and I will be raring to go.
“I think a week in training and I’ll be looking to see where I am.”
The injury came as a majorblow for the 31-year-old who began the season at Graham Alexander’s first choice.
But the former Premier League player knows it’s all part and parcel of the game.
“It’s unfortunate,” said Jordan.
“I was restricted after just a handful of games at the start of my Fleetwood career.
“Then comes the job of fighting to take your place back and that’s never easy.”
Jordan will have a fight on his hands.
Charlie Taylor has impressed since arriving on loan from Leeds United and has made the left back slot his own.
But Jordan is pleased to see Fleetwood maintaining their challenge among the promotion contenders.
He said: “We’re looking good in all our competitions and long may that continue.
“We need to put last weekend’s result behind us.
“It was a bad result but we played reasonably well.”
Jordan’s recovery leaves just strikers David Ball and Jamille Matt on the injury list at Highbury.