CLASSY Nathan Clarke looks like winning his fitness battle to take charge of Town's defence in tonight's tough League I trip to Tranmere (7.45).
The 21-year-old centre-back has a badly bruised right eye, but he regained full vision during yesterday and is ready to beat the pain barrier at Prenton Park.
It's a massive tonic for manager Peter Jackson as he aims to build on the victory against Blackpool with a first win on Birkenhead since 1998.
Tranmere insist conditions are fine and the game will go ahead, which is good news for Danny Schofield, who has recovered from illness.
Leading scorer Pawel Abbott is free from suspension and available to partner Luke Beckett up front as the loan star bids to extend his scoring run to seven goals in seven matches.
Jackson expects to know well in advance, too, whether Chris Brandon can play or whether he has to serve a one-match ban for his dismissal on Saturday.
Brandon had been facing a three-match ban but referee Colin Webster - who tops the leading League referees with 10 red cards this season - did not cite him for violent conduct.
FA chiefs are reviewing the video today and Town hope Brandon's red will be rescinded because he was fouled first.
"The lads are full of confidence after beating Blackpool and now they are up for another massive test away from home," said Jackson today.
"I rate Tranmere alongside Luton as the best two teams in this division and they are a lot of people's favourites for promotion, so we are expecting a really tough game. But our young lads showed a lot of character on Saturday and they are going to Prenton Park determined to have a real go at Tranmere."
Brian Little has Iain Hume, Mark Rankine and Ryan Taylor available again as he chases a first win in five and a double over Town.