TOWN boss Peter Jackson is looking forward to welcoming Danny Adams back to duty for the Boxing Day derby at Rotherham United.
The rugged left-back was frustrated at having to sit out today's home League I clash with fellow promotion chasers Southend United because of a suspension.
His one-game absence follows a fifth caution of the campaign during the 2-2 draw at MK Dons.
Ironically, the 29-year-old, who was signed from Stockport County last season, might have been struggling for today's clash.
He has been under treatment for a dead leg suffered during last week's 2-0 defeat at Bristol City, when he was taken off after 68 minutes.
"We had to give Danny directions to the physio's room, because he's hardly been in there!" said Jackson.
"He has a very good record of being available for selection, and the only previous time he's been absent this season was when I rested him for the LDV Vans Trophy first-round match at Boston United (which Town lost 2-1).
"I'm delighted at the way Danny has been playing. He's been an integral part of my defence and his experience has been a bonus for the younger lads alongside him.
"I wanted a specialist left-back for this season, and that's what we got when signing Danny, who didn't cost us a penny.
"Bringing him in for the closing stages of last season (he played the final five matches) gave him the chance to bed in and he was able to make a flying start this time.
"He's been a lucky omen for us as well, because we've only lost four League matches with him in the side, and long may that record continue."
Adams, who played non-League football for Altrincham before getting his big break with Macclesfield in 2000, has made 30 Town appearances in all, with only five finishing in defeat.
Town had defender David Mirfin and midfielder Chris Brandon back from suspensions today.
Mark Hudson is one caution off picking up a one-match ban while fellow midfielder and captain Jon Worthington will be handed a two-match ban if he receives another caution, since he is on nine.