Morecambe have been boosted by the news that Jack Redshaw could return from injury ahead of schedule.
The striker, the Shrimps’ top scorer last season, started some light jogging this week as part of his recovery from hip surgery.
It means the 22-year-old could be back in November having been expected to be fit again around Christmas time.
Shrimps boss Jim Bentley said: “Jack is starting light jogging this week.
“It’s a massive boost for us and means he’s ahead of schedule.
“It will be like a new signing coming back.
“We’re now looking at late November rather than Christmas.
“Chris McCready (who is recovering from a broken collarbone) will be around the same.”
In other injury news, Andy Parrish was replaced in the first half against Dagenham but should be okay for the trip to Northampton on Saturday after suffering a dead leg.
Andy Fleming could return from a foot injury but Marcus Marshall is still struggling with a hamstring problem and looks set to be out for around another week. Robbie Threlfall will serve the final game of his three-match ban at Sixfields.
Shrimps boss Bentley revealed there had also been some illness around the camp for the past couple of weeks but hoped his squad had come through the worst of it.