TOWN striker Lee Novak could be back in action as early as next week.
The 21-year-old 11-goal frontman is making strong progress after returning to training after a knee injury.
And manager Lee Clark is hoping to have a selection headache if Novak can prove his fitness.
“Lee has been training with us every day and, while he has yet to complete a full session, he is doing a bit more each time,” explained Clark.
“It could be that he could be ready as soon as next week, but we will keep monitoring him and checking his progress.”
However, fellow striker Robbie Simpson is facing more tests on a persistent thigh injury.
“Robbie is still struggling with the thigh problem and we will have to take a further look at the injury,” said Clark.
“It is taking a long time for Robbie to heal and I feel sorry for the lad because the injury has meant that he has been frustrated as he has not been able to get in a run of games at any stage this season.”
A boost for Clark was the news that midfielder Anthony Pilkington was set for a quick return to action at Brentford today.
The 21-year-old left the Galpharm Stadium on crutches on Tuesday night after injuring his left ankle in Town’s 2-0 win over Pennine rivals Oldham Athletic.
However, manager Lee Clark was hopeful that Pilkington would face the Bees at Griffin Park.
“We put Anthony in strapping and on crutches straight away as a precaution, but he has had an X-ray which was clear,” said Clark.
“It is just a case of how quickly the bruising goes, but if Anthony feels that he is okay to play then he will be back in the side.”
Town are without midfielder Antony Kay who completes his two-match ban today after he was suspended (10 bookings).