Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell is convinced patience will pay off with returning striker James Vaughan.
The former Norwich City front-runner, whose injury problems over the years have been all too well chronicled, is carefully working his way back from a torn calf which has kept him out since mid-September.
The 26-year-old – Town’s top scorer for the last two seasons running – played the first 45 minutes as the development team won 3-1 at Sheffield Wednesday this week.
It was his first run-out since his only first-team appearance under Powell in the 2-1 home Championship defeat by Middlesbrough.
But the pair’s paths crossed at Leicester City in 2010, when Powell was a player-coach and Vaughan on loan from his first club Everton.
“He did well for us in what was Nigel Pearson’s first stint as Leicester City manager,” recalled Powell, whose side host Brentford on Saturday.
“I know just how effective a player James can be, but I also know he has to be fully fit to be fully effective.
“It’s a blow that I have been without a top striker because of injury, and we want him back out in the pitch.
“But we have to do what is right, both for him and the club.
“James has had more than his fair share of injuries, but so have other players.
“Just look at Ryan Giggs and his hamstring problems. He found a way to cope.
“We are looking at ways for James to cope, and he is still a young man with a lot of football in front of him.
“We are getting closer, but it’s crucial we don’t rush anything.”