ANDY BOOTH returns to action tonight hoping to prove he's ready for a return to Town's senior squad.
The 31-year-old leads the Reserves' attack against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground (7.00) exactly a month after suffering a hamstring injury.
Manager Peter Jackson will watch his experienced frontman make a comeback and is keen to add him to the squad for Saturday's big League I clash with leaders Brentford at the Galpharm.
Booth is just delighted to be having a run-out.
"I've done a bit of running and got through a couple of days of training last week, so hopefully I'm now back to it and I can get 90 minutes under my belt," he said.
"It's been very frustrating to be out, because the injury didn't seem that bad when I did it and yet I've since broken down twice.
"It has helped a lot, though, that the lads have been playing well and picking up points. Everyone is looking strong and confident and is keen to have the ball, and it's great to see from the whole team.
"I know it's only early days as far as the season is concerned, but the table is now starting to take shape and it's fantastic to see us up near the top.
"The lads are full of confidence and, if we carry on playing like we are, I don't see any reason why we can't keep on picking up points."
Booth played the first three matches of the campaign before going off in the later stages of the 3-1 home win against Swansea.
"I'm going down to watch Boothy tonight and I just want him to come through okay," said Jackson.
"Hopefully he will get 60 or 70 minutes or maybe even more, depending on how he feels.
"We certainly won't be taking any risks when he's been out for a month with a hamstring injury, so we'll just see how it goes.
"I know Boothy will want to do well and play as long as he can because he's keen to get back into first-team contention, but my only concern tonight is that he comes through without any problems."
Two more of Jackson's senior squad continue their comebacks from injury tonight - midfielders Adnan Ahmed and Mark Hudson - while Michael Collins also starts after losing his first-team place to Tony Carss in the 3-0 win at Oldham.
"Michael has been doing really well but I just felt I needed a bit more experience at Oldham and that's why I called in Tony Carss against his old club," added Jacko.
"I was really pleased with Tony and with the whole team. We had a really good training session yesterday with everyone high spirited."
Reserves: Senior, Young, McCombe, Hardy, Lloyd, Fowler, Collins, Hudson, Ahmed, Mendes, Booth.