Anton Brown looks set to make a welcome return for Corby Town next weekend.
The midfielder has been out of action since suffering a dislocated wrist in the 2-2 draw at Lowestoft Town at the end of August.
But Steelmen boss Tommy Wright revealed Brown is set for a comeback when his team take on Vanarama National League North rivals Tamworth in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy at Steel Park on Saturday.
And Wright believes Brown is the sort of player his team needs on the pitch after they were well beaten 3-0 by Harrogate Town on Saturday.
“Anton is a phenomenal presence, we have missed that in the midfield,” the Corby manager said.
“Danny Draper has stepped in and he is getting better and better with each game he plays. But he is still only 17 years old.
“Anton is 6ft 4ins tall, he has played hundreds of games at a higher level and we need that sort of player on the pitch at the moment.”
One positive for Corby at the weekend came in the north-west of the country as Paul Malone completed 90 minutes in his first appearance for Stamford after joining them on a dual registration.
The centre-half is continuing his comeback from a double leg break suffered back in February and featured for the Daniels in their 1-0 loss at Salford City in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.
Wright is now planning on watching Malone when Stamford face Grantham Town tomorrow (Tuesday) night.
And he says a discussion will be held when it comes to determining when he may be ready to play a part for the Steelmen in the National League North.
“The fact he has gone and played 90 minutes of competitive football is great for Paul Malone,” Wright added.
“It’s a massive achievement for him because he has worked really hard to get back.
“He will be really pleased and that’s not something he has not been for the last couple of months. Seeing a smile on his face will be a pleasing sight this week.
“He plays again this Tuesday night I believe so I may have a little trip over to watch him.
“We need to sit down and have a look at him and make sure he is ready to step it up.
“We need to know that he’s ready and that he’s going to make a difference otherwise there is no point pulling him back just to sit on our bench.”