DANNY DRINKWATER and striker Theo Robinson are in the frame to return to the Town starting line-up for Saturday’s big League I trip to MK Dons.
On-loan Manchester United midfielder Drinkwater has missed the last two games after damaging his groin during the Carling Cup defeat at Newcastle
And Robinson, Town’s six-goal joint leading scorer with Jordan Rhodes, was left out against Rotherham in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday because of an ankle injury picked up during Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Yeovil.
Both players have responded well to treatment from physio Dave Buckby and are now back in training as Town, having registered their first away win of the campaign by beating Rotherham 2-1, seek a follow-up victory over Paul Ince’s men, when Gary Roberts is also available again after his three-match suspension.
Success at StadiumMK would mean Town leapfrog their hosts to go third, and Clark is delighted to have all but long term knee injury victim Tom Clarke available.
“It’s the kind of selection headache you want to have,” said the boss, who saw Robbie Simpson score his first Town goal in the win at the Don Valley Stadium, the club’s first in the JPT in six attempts.
“Theo wasn’t quite right for Rotherham, so there was no point risking him, and Robbie Simpson came in and did a great job.
"He took his goal well, and it was important he got a game, because he needs them, and when he’s fully fit and firing on all cylinders, he will score on a regular basis.
"I also gave Lee Novak a start, and while he could and probably should have scored, I can’t fault his contribution since he walked through the door.
"All four of my strikers are doing what they are asked to do, and that doesn’t make my job easy – but it’s the sort of problem I want."
On Drinkwater, who has made two starts and two appearances from the bench so far, Clark said: "I’ve gone on record more than once in saying what a good and very versatile player he is.
"It was a big disappointment when he got injured and his return to training is a big boost."