Martin Paterson could make his comeback from a knee injury in tomorrow’s development match at Crewe Alexandra.
Town’s Northern Ireland striker has been out since pre-season.
But he is back in training under Chris Powell, and the manager looks set to field him as an overage player in the Under 21 match.
The 27-year-old, who has scored six times in 26 Town games, is keen to force his way back into the reckoning at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Signed from Burnley on a two-year deal the summer before last, he ended last season on loan at League One outfit Bristol City, admitting his Town future was “uncertain”.
Frankie Bunn’s Under 21s are aiming to bounce back from a 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace last time out.