SIMON GRAYSON is hoping Jermaine Beckford will play a part in Huddersfield Town's Championship clash at Hull tomorrow lunchtime (12.30).
The striker, whom the manager would like to keep on loan from Leicester for the rest of the season, has missed five games with a hamstring injury.
But he trained with the rest of the squad on the pitch at the John Smith's Stadium today.
And Grayson, eager for an upturn after a run of just two points from 15, said: "It might be half an hour, it might be just 20 minutes, but hopefully Jermaine will be involved.
"He is certainly making progress and we are confident that when we have all our players available, we will be a competitive force in this division."
The initial deal for Beckford, who has scored three times in six appearances, runs out on December 29.
But sources suggest an extension is in the pipeline and Grayson confirmed: "We want to keep him, but finances and his contractual situation at Leicester mean that at this stage, it's unlikely to be a permanent deal."
While fit-again Norwich striker James Vaughan's loan deal is for the whole season, those of Wolves winger Adam Hammill and Reading striker Simon Church would have to be extended if they are to stay.
Grayson said: "We will assess all our options when the time comes."