Alan Marriott could be available for selection within the next few weeks, manager Paul Cox revealed today.
The 34-year-old goalkeeper has been sidelined for two months following an innocuous training ground collision, causing a dislocated shoulder.
But Marriott has surprised most by making a quick recovery to resume training recently.
In his weekly press meeting, boss Cox said: “Billy [Turley, goalkeeping coach] told me that he’s chucking himself around like a mad man in training.
“What he hasn’t done at the minute is 'contact' work. I’d like to think I can get him a behind-closed-doors game next week or the week after to see if he’s up to it.
“He’s doing normal goalkeeping training which is really positive for the club.
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“I thought Shane was excellent the other night [at Macclesfield] but we need two goalkeepers at the club and can’t be walking a tightrope if one gets injured.”
Cox has made enquires to bring in a new goalkeeper ahead of Saturday’s FA Trophy Round One tie at home to Matlock Town.
“It has to be right though, I don’t want to upset the apple cart by bringing someone in,” he added.
Anthony Howell may make a return to the squad after missing out in midweek with a knee problem. Exodus Geohaghon is also available for selection after serving a one match ban, whilst John Dempster will watch from the stands for the final time as he serves the last of a three game ban.