STAN TERNENT hopes Andy Butler will train his way back into contention for Town’s trip to Cheltenham on Saturday.
The 24-year-old centre-back has missed the last two matches after taking a knock to the lower back during the clash with MK Dons.
But he’s been working out at Storthes Hall without problem this week, and the boss is optimistic he’ll be available for selection for the battle between League II’s current bottom two.
“Buts had a scan which ruled out any serious damage, but there was some tenderness which we needed to allow to settle,” explained Ternent.
Should the ex-Scunthorpe man displace Nathan Clarke, he could come face to face with Cheltenham’s deadline-day signing Lloyd Owusu.
The former Sheffield Wednesday striker is in line for a debut against Town after signing from Yeovil.
The 31-year-old Ghana international, who has also played for Brentford and Reading, has agreed a deal to the end of the season.
Owusu, who started out with non-league Slough, has 129 career goals.
Cheltenham could also hand a bow to John Low, the winger signed from Peterborough, while loan frontman Barry Hayles is available after being ruled out against parent club Leicester, who won 4-0 at Whaddon Road on Saturday.
Ternent, plotting a first League I victory this term against a Cheltenham side, who like his own, have lost three in a row, will be without strikers Danny Cadamarteri (hamstring) and Andy Booth (back).
Midfielder James Berrett has recovered from an ankle injury, but is with the Republic of Ireland Under 21 squad.
l Town chairman-elect Dean Hoyle, rather than new players, will be the guest at tonight’s Patrons meeting in the Panasonic Suite at the Galpharm (8.00).