John Coleman hopes to have a full squad to choose from – plus his two new loan additions – in the League Two run-in.
Preston striker Andy Little and Reading winger Tariqe Fosu signed yesterday on loan deadline day and go straight into the squad for today’s home clash with fellow promotion-chasers Leyton Orient (3pm).
To boost the squad, striker Terry Gornell and front man Josh Windass have also recovered from their injuries and are back in contention today.
Gornell suffered an ankle injury at the beginning of February while 11-goal Windass had a double hernia operation in January.
Defender Dean Winnard, who had an operation on his chest, is back at the end of March while Matt Crooks (ankle) and Adam Buxton (foot) are also expected back in the next week or so.
Joe Wright, on loan from Huddersfield, remains the only long term casualty.
“We have only got two loan players – Joe who is injured and Brad Halliday – and so we are in a healthy position than most teams in the league and can add to our squad,” said Coleman.
“It’s important to bring in reinforcements in case eventualities beyond our reach happen after today when we can’t do anything about them.
“We need livening up and so we have brought in two attacking players.
“We are also going to have Terry and Josh back and so we have four fresh attacking players and we have plenty to play for with nine games to go.
“They two we have signed are good players in their own right and so I am pleased.”