LEE CLARK could pitch Damien Johnson back into action at Eastwood Town tomorrow.
The tough-tackling midfielder – back at the Galpharm on another season-long loan from Plymouth – hasn’t played since damaging knee ligaments during Town’s 2-1 home win over Brighton on December 11.
But the former Birmingham man, who remained with Town after undergoing surgery, has trained without problem and is ready for a return.
The 7.30 showdown with the Nottinghamshire Blue Square North side co-managed by former Galpharm defender Craig Armstrong is one of only two Town friendlies before the League I opener at home to Bury on August 6.
And Clark says he wants to run the rule over all his available squad members.
“As I’ve said, if there are any players with knocks or niggles, we’re not going to risk them, but if they are fit, they will get the chance to stake a claim,” he explained.
“I want players who are champing at the bit to be involved against Bury, and alongside our training sessions, this is their opportunity to prove they want to be involved.
“We’ve got two games to go before the season starts, and both are important.”
Trialist defender Kris Thackray remains at Town and could feature at Coronation Park tomorrow.
The former Newcastle junior has made four friendly appearances.
Eastwood recently appointed former Town loan striker Lee Morris as player-coach.
The 31-year-old also played for Sheffield United and Derby.