HUDDERSFIELD Town's Peter Clarke is pushing hard for a comeback at Colchester on Saturday.
Town’s experienced skipper has missed eight League I matches after undergoing hernia surgery.
The 30-year-old played in a behind-closed doors game at Chesterfield last Wednesday.
And while manager Simon Grayson decided against arranging another development match this week, Clarke has been going full-out in training.
“We were keen to keep this week free in order to do some extra work on the practice ground,” explained Grayson, who is unbeaten in five games in charge but frustrated at having drawn three of them after being in winning positions.
“Peter has taken part in all the sessions without any problems.
“And it’s good to have him fit and eager to be involved again.
“Having both played alongside and managed Peter at Blackpool I’m well aware of his qualities, and he’s a useful option.”
Cheshire referee Dean Mohareb will take charge of a Town match for the first time at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, where Grayson’s side chase a fourth double of the season.