Danny Ward may be eased back into Huddersfield Town action against Oldham Athletic tomorrow.
The 23-year-old frontman has been building up his fitness at PPG Canalside despite a hamstring niggle and could be given a spell at Boundary Park – providing he suffers no adverse reaction to today’s training.
Manager Mark Robins, however, is not going to risk James Vaughan (calf) in the trans-Pennine friendly and will send out a similar line-up to that which impressed in beating Sheffield United 1-0 last Tuesday night.
The boss said: “It’s frustrating for James because he has been out such a long time and he’s worked ever so hard (on his recovery)
“We are just trying to get him back to sort of match fitness and it’s going to take a little bit longer than we wanted or expected.
“But James has worked ever so hard and once he gets over the one or two niggles he has he will be fine – and a fit James Vaughan is massive to add to our armoury and changes the way we can go about our business.
“I’m not overly concerned about him because he is getting there. He might be ready for Tuesday he might be ready for next week; it’s all about the healing process.
“He can still train and he can still get to a certain level, so his general fitness is good. Once he gets to the next level then he will be great.”
Oldham have added 28-year-old striker Jonathan Forte, after a successful trial, as an eighth summer signing for manager Lee Johnson and the former Southampton player will wear No11.
On tomorrow’s game, Robins – whose squad were today having their official photocall at Canalside – explained: “I will put out an XI that need minutes.
“It may be similar to what started the other night against Sheffield United in terms of personnel, although we have a few niggles and people shouldn’t read too much into them, because I’m expecting everyone to be fine come Monday morning.
“Danny Ward will be involved, hopefully, fingers crossed, but we will assess how he is after training and see where we are.”
Scunthorpe’s loan signing Miles Addison admits working with Russ Wilcox again had a big bearing on his move from Bournemouth – Town’s first rivals of the new Championship campaign at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday, August 9 .
The 25-year-old defender joined the Iron for an initial month to cover for injured former Town defender David Mirfin and he worked with Wilcox at Bournemouth, while he was assistant to Lee Bradbury.
Addison said: “I jumped at the chance to work with Russ again. He signed me at Bournemouth and I know what exactly what he is about. He is the main reason I moved.”