ROB EDWARDS is praying he can make a first-team return for Town next week.

Not only has he been sidelined for four matches including today's trip to Bradford, but Town travel to his old club Chesterfield next Saturday and Edwards would love to be involved.

"I had three good years at Saltergate and it would be great to go back and face them," said the 35-year-old, who stepped up his rehabilitation from a leg injury with a Reserve run-out in midweek.

"I'm just keen to get back playing competitive football, though, after my lay-off."

Edwards was hurt in the 2-1 defeat at MK Dons when colliding with colleague David Mirfin.

"He's a big, solid lad and I ended up with a real shiner (black eye) and a badly bruised right leg which still gives me a bit of a twinge at times.

"Even in training I've not been involved in any possession work and there was only one strong challenge to get through in the Reserves, so hopefully I can build things up from here."

On Town's prospects for the rest of the season, Edwards added: "It would be terrific to put some wins together.

"We are capable of doing it, but we just haven't delivered a run of good results all season.

"At least the manager has been able to find out about a good few young players - just like he did last season - and that's got to be good for the future of the club.

"All of them deserve praise for the way they have stepped up and they are a tremendous credit to Gerry Murphy, John Dungworth and everyone who works in the Academy."

In last night's Championship match, Burnley lost to Sunderland 2-0 at Turf Moor.