Strikers Nathan Tyson and Kristian Dennis are in contention for Notts County when they host Barnet at the weekend.
Following Kane Hemmings’ move to Dundee on Thursday, there was concern over the Magpies’ attacking options with Tyson forced off with an arm injury on Tuesday and Dennis yet to feature this season.
But, at his pre-match press conference, manager Neal Ardley provided a positive update on the duo.
“Nathan has joined in with training but has done non-contact work because his arm is still very swollen,” said the boss.
“Every day it's getting better and he might need some padding or pain relief to get through but hopefully he will be ok to be involved on Saturday.
“Kristian has trained all week and done a lot of the hard yards he has missed out on recently and looks in good shape.
“If he gets through training on Friday, I’ll certainly be considering him for the squad because of what he brings.”
Despite the impending return of the two strikers, Ardley is insistent that his attacking options need bolstering as he looks to make more additions to his playing staff.
“For what we need to be competitive in this league, we still feel the balance isn’t quite right in the squad,” he admitted.
“We need to bring in different types of attacking options – we’re under no illusions about that.
“Whether that’s wingers of a more physical centre forward, we need to try and bolster the ranks and we’re working hard on it.”
The gaffer feels that the nine new signings he’s made so far have been displaying exactly the right temperament he wants to see from his squad.
“We’ve got a group of players who really want to fight for this club,” said Ardley. “We might lose games but it won’t be because the lads aren’t giving everything for the shirt.
“Most of the boys we’ve signed have joined because they are desperate to go and play back in the Football League and take this team with them.
“The experienced players all get about their work without needing supervision and the younger lads know they have to do the same.
“Before you know it, you’re creating a culture and it will only get better as the season goes on.”
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