TOWN striker Danny Cadamarteri returned to full training today aiming to fast-track himself into the first-team frame.
Fans are still waiting to see the 27-year-old close-season capture in competitive action after he damaged a hamstring on the eve of the campaign.
The former Leicester man had looked sharp during friendlies, and admits he’s had a highly frustrating five weeks since.
Cadamarteri has managed to keep his core fitness, and should he be called on to face Cheltenham at the Galpharm on Saturday, says he’d be happy to front up.
“I don’t pick the side, so I can’t comment on what Andy Ritchie will do regarding his selection,” said the former Everton, Bradford, Leeds and Sheffield United player.
“But all being well, I can do enough in training over the next two days to make myself available for selection.
“I’ve been working closely with (physio) Lee Martin, and having got a full pre-season under my belt, I’ve been able to keep my general fitness level decent despite the injury. Obviously I just need that little bit of sharpness which can only come by training intensively and playing matches.”
Cadamarteri, who would no doubt benefit from a Reserve run-out at home to Wolves next Wednesday evening, added: “”It was a big setback to get the injury.
“I’d settled in well and had a good pre-season. As a team, we’d had some decent results in friendlies and I was really looking forward to the campaign.
“The lads have put in some great performances without me, and while we’ve had a couple of disappointing league defeats, we’ve had three great wins.
“Whether I am involved or not, we’ll be going all out to make it four wins against Cheltenham, and we have a good platform to build from. Every squad member has a contribution to make and I just want to be in a position where I can weigh in with mine.”
Town were also hoping to have skipper Jon Worthington (groin) back in training today. He has missed the last three matches.