ANDY BOOTH could be back for the final three matches of the season!
That's the verdict of manager Peter Jackson today after receiving the striker's hamstring scan results.
Booth limped out of Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Gillingham at half-time and will miss the Easter double against Bournemouth and Chesterfield.
If all goes well, however, he could return for the trip to struggling Walsall on Saturday week - a massive boost to Town's hopes of automatic promotion.
"The scan shows a little tear in the muscle but it's nowhere near as bad as we thought, which is fantastic news," beamed Jackson today.
"It's a similar sort of injury to the one which Martin McIntosh suffered and we're hopeful it will settle quickly.
"Boothy will definitely miss the next two matches, but if all goes well with treatment we could have him available for the trip down to Walsall and that would be tremendous."
McIntosh (hamstring) and Chris Brandon (dead leg) have stepped up training and are pencilled in for tomorrow's Pontin's League game against Walsall at Tamworth's Lamb Ground (2.00).
"They have both been working well and we will assess them again for any reaction to today's workout," added Jackson, who watched the second string lose 1-0 to Stoke at the Galpharm.
Goalkeeper Phil Senior, meanwhile, is still making only slow progress in recovering from a back injury.
Jackson - who had young Simon Eastwood playing last night - will wait to see how Senior settles down before considering the possibility of an emergency loan keeper signing.