ILLNESS victim Nathan Clarke is back in training and determined to press for an immediate return to Town's senior set-up.
The 21-year-old defender missed the 4-0 hammering of Hull City because of a flu bug but put himself through a running session afterwards in 25-degrees of heat.
He will now have a run-out in the Reserves against Scunthorpe at the Galpharm tomorrow (2.00) with the aim of earning a call from manager Peter Jackson for Saturday's trip to third-placed Port Vale.
The news comes as Tony Carss starts his recovery from a knee operation which will keep him out for two to three weeks. The midfielder had his left knee cartilage trimmed.
Clarke, however, is well on the mend and commented: "I'm feeling much better and near enough back to full fitness. My chest was tight last week and I was coughing all the time - no-one could hear the half-time team talk at Doncaster! - and I just needed to relax and rest-up and give it chance to clear out of my system.
"I did some running after the Hull game and now I'm ready to see how things go the rest of this week."
Clarke was delighted his colleagues kept a clean sheet against Hull.
"We played some great football, as good as we've produced all season, and the clean sheet gave everyone a lift," added Clarke, pictured.
"It was a performance packed with spirit, too, and we've just got to follow on at Port Vale and be very determined to do our best. Hopefully I'll be in contention."
Junior Mendes and Akpo Sodje will also play in the Reserves tomorrow.