Tommy Wright says Paul Malone is “itching” to get back involved at Corby Town after he delivered a positive update on the defender’s recovery.
It’s been just over eight months since Malone suffered a horrific double leg break and dislocated ankle during the Steelmen’s 5-1 victory over Weymouth back in February.
The popular centre-half has remained in and around the first-team squad on matchdays with boss Wright confirming he has also been playing an active role in training.
Malone tweeted this time last month that he was “determined to be back by Christmas”.
And his target could yet become a reality with Wright confirming the defender is likely to feature in some behind-closed-doors matches soon.
The Steelmen manager said: “Molly (Malone) enquired about getting involved in an academy match we have tomorrow (Wednesday) and that is a sign of real progress.
“He has been involved in training for a little while now and he’s getting a lot more confident on it.
“We are probably going to play him in two or three academy matches behind closed doors and he might even have to go out on loan for a month to play competitive football.
“It is all about how he comes through that but he is itching to get involved again.”