LEE PELTIER is set for a return – now Antony Kay could also come into contention for Town’s Sky televised clash with Notts County on Sunday (4.00).
While Peltier is back from a four-match ban, Kay will have a fitness test after rapid strides in his recovery from an ankle injury.
And although manager Lee Clark has brought in Reading centre-back Sean Morrison on loan – there were no further additions ahead of yesterday’s deadline – the boss has made it clear captain Peter Clarke is up for the League I promotion push.
“Pete has had an issue with his back, but it was at its worst down at Brentford and was better when we faced Swindon last Saturday,” explained Clark, whose side aim to consolidate their second place and set a new club record of 18 league games unbeaten in a season.
“Not having a midweek game has allowed him to have some treatment and also some rest, and he’s looking a whole lot better for it.”
Kay has benefited from intensive work with Town’s physio staff on the problem picked up against Rochdale four games ago.
“Antony was in great form and he also has the incentive of playing for a new contract,” added Clark.
“Like Lee Peltier, who has been outstanding ever since he signed, Antony brings valuable options, so it’s great that he is heading in the right direction fitness wise.”
Kevin Kilbane, who is with the Republic of Ireland, misses his first match since arriving on loan from Hull, but Jordan Rhodes will be available after winning his first Scotland Under 21 cap in last night’s 1-0 defeat in Belgium.