Fleetwood Town are set for a boost ahead of their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy trip to Barnsley tomorrow, with the capture of Leicester defender Joe Davis.
The centre-half has been with Town on loan since the start of October.
And he is expected to complete a permanent move to Highbury today, having impressed boss Steven Pressley.
The 22-year-old was at Town’s Poolfoot base yesterday and took part in an afternoon training session, along with a trialist from a Premier League club.
Pressley said: “We’re hoping to have something to say about Joe within the next 24 hours. We hope we can bring him back to the club on a permanent basis. That’s very much the hope.”
The return of Davis would certainly help Pressley, who is struggling for numbers going into the first leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Area Final at Oakwell.
David Ball (hamstring) is sidelined for up to a month and David Henen (ankle), whose loan from Everton has been extended until the end of the season, for at least another week.
With winger Tariqe Fosu and defender Dionotan Teixeira having returned to Reading and Stoke respectively after their loan spells, Pressley finds his resources stretched.
“We’re paper thin with regards the squad,” he said.
“We probably only have 14 fit first-team outfield players at the current time.
“It’s not so bad this weekend because we only require five substitutes.
“But we certainly need to be quite aggressive in that area.
“I must stress I only want to bring in players if they are different from what we have and if they improve the squad.
“There’s no point signing just for signing. I don’t want to panic. I want to bring the right players in.”
Should the deal for Davis get over the line in time, Pressley expects the defender to be fit to face the Tykes, having sat out Saturday’s win over Bury with a minor ankle problem.
The Town boss added: “We put on a session specifically for him and a trialist we had.
“If he comes through that and Friday’s training, he’ll definitely be in contention.
“He missed last weekend through injury but I believe he is OK.
“I certainly hope he’ll be in contention because we only really have Stephen Jordan and Nathan Pond available as centre-halves.
“Victor Nirennold has played there and sometimes you have to shuffle players around, but ideally we’d not play him in that position.”