Phil Brown is boosted by the return of Ben Coker to full training after getting the all-clear from the surgeon.
The Blues boss is mulling over the decision to include Coker – who has been sidelined since pre-season with a broken leg – on Saturday when Bradford City visit.
But Brown was enthusiastic about his availability.
“It’s great news with Ben Coker,” he said. “He got the all-clear from the surgeon and he trained fully on Wednesday.
“He went into a crunching tackle with Ryan Leonard of all people and Lenny came out of worse for wear.
“Fingers crossed he’s over that final hurdle of the old-fashioned block tackle as we used to test a broken leg or whatever injury it might be.
“Whether I put him is the big question.
“He’s chomping at the bit. He’s a breath of fresh air and he will bring that little bit of light to the gloom in the changing room that followed the result on Saturday.”
Harry Kyprianou is also close to a return, after his injury that occurred when Blues played Doncaster Rovers back in October.
“I’ve got the same problem with Harry Kyprianou. He’s only been out two months whereas Ben has been out five, so I’ve got the same issue there.
“Judging what the pair of them are doing on the training ground leads me to a positive trail of thought as opposed to a negative one.
“It’s a risk, it’s always a risk when someone is coming back from injury that you can’t get 90 minutes out of them, but last Christmas Coker was in the same boat for two or three months, came back, didn’t just play the first game, played the second, third, fourth and carried on through the season.”