Greg Mills will be “touch and go” to be fit for Corby Town’s Vanarama National League North clash with AFC Fylde at Steel Park this weekend.
The frontman has been out of action since suffered an ankle injury during the 3-0 home defeat to Worcester City last month.
And manager Tommy Wright insists he won’t take any risks with one of his key men unless he is declared 100 per cent fit.
The Steelmen boss said: “We will know a bit more about Greg nearer to kick-off but he is very much touch and go.
“It was a grade three sprain and that is about as bad as it gets.
“I know with the sort of lad Greg is, if he goes down and can’t carry on then it is a bad one.
“We want him back in the side, of course. He is one of our best players.
“But I don’t want him back if he is only 60 or 70 per cent fit.
“I hope he is fully fit by the weekend but if he isn’t we won’t risk him.”
One player who will feature at the weekend is defender Clayton McDonald, who joined the Steelmen on a three-month loan deal from Worcester City at the end of last week.
Wright confirmed the former Manchester City was a target for him during the summer and he firmly believes the centre-half will give Corby something they have been missing.
“Clayton will be starting on Saturday,” Wright added.
“He is a giant of a man and I think most would agree we haven’t been defending crosses and set-pieces into our box well enough.
“We have missed a presence in both penalty areas and Clayton will give us that.
“He is looking to get his career back on track after a frustrating time at Worcester this season.
“He was top of my wish list during the summer now I have got him so I am happy.”
Wright, meanwhile, confirmed midfielder Anton Brown has been joining in at training as he recovers from a dislocated wrist.
But he won’t be considered for this weekend with the manager expecting him to return to match action towards the end of the month.