Marcus Law is expecting to have Brett Solkhon and Elliot Sandy available for Kettering Town’s Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division opener at Poole Town on Saturday.
The duo, who were key members of last season’s Division One Central title-winning squad, were last week charged by the Football Association over alleged breaches of betting rules.
Both players missed the 1-0 friendly defeat at Bedford Town on Saturday for other reasons as Solkhon got married at the weekend while Sandy has recently returned from holiday.
The pair have until Thursday to respond to the charges but manager Law is planning for them to be available for the tough trip to take on last season’s Premier Division runners-up.
The Poppies boss said: “There is a process to go through and that will take care of itself.
“But as far as I am concerned, they are both available for selection until I am told otherwise.
“The club aren’t commenting any further on the situation and it is in the FA ‘s hands.”
Law, meanwhile, was pleased with what he saw from his players despite the 1-0 defeat at Bedford at the weekend.
The Poppies conceded the only goal of the game in the first half but dominated proceedings in the second period without being able to convert their chances.
And Law added: “It was frustrating in terms of the result but as far as the build-up play and controlling the game was concerned, I was happy with what I saw.
“It came down to taking chances and we didn’t do that, which was disappointing but it ended up being a fantastic challenge for us because we made Bedford defend for long periods and that’s what we will come up against during the league campaign.
“With the chances we had, we probably could have won comfortably but it may be better for us that we come into this week on the back of a 1-0 defeat. It gives us areas to work on ahead of the weekend.”
The Poppies travel to Barwell for their final friendly tomorrow (Tuesday) night (7.30pm).