Lance McGlen is hoping to get the go ahead this week to return to competitive action following an operation on his groin.
And if he gets the thumbs up, the Ashington defender could make the squad for the Colliers FA Carlsberg Vase clash against Wisbech at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.
Nineteen year old McGlen, whose last appearance in a black and white shirt came in the 1-1 away draw with Guisborough at the beginning of October, was diagnosed with having ‘Gilmore’s groin’ and underwent an operation last month.
However, he said at the weekend: “I started running two weeks ago and before the game at home to Team Northumbria last weekend was kicking a ball.
“I have had no reaction – everything is fine – and although I don’t want to rush things, I am nevertheless hoping that when I see the physiotherapist this week, I will receive the green light to start playing again.”
He continued: “I’m a bad spectator and it’s been frustrating watching the lads – but at least I’m back on track.”
Manager Gary Middleton said: “If Lance receives good news this week then that would be great because we have missed his energy of getting up and down the right hand side.
“Also, if he is fit then it will give us another option to choose from.”
The Woodhorn Lane boss had already received a boost last weekend after striker Marc Walton came through 20 minutes as a substitute.
“Marc has had an injury but he has come back and scored a great goal,” said Middleton.
“We’ll do a little bit of training with the squad this week and keep the lads ticking over, but it’s all systems go for our Vase match – and we are all looking forward to it.”