Daniel Jones is expected to return to the Port Vale squad against Bristol City.
The left-back has been out for just over a month with a groin strain but came through a 90-minute run out for the reserves on Wednesday and has declared himself ready to compete with Carl Dickinson for a place in Rob Page's starting line-up.
Page is braced to take the team again while manager Micky Adams recovers from a hip-replacement operation.
The likes of Louis Dodds, Jennison Myrie-Williams, Kaid Mohamed, Richard Duffy and Lee Hughes are also options for Page should he wish to make any changes to the side that started the 1-0 win at Tranmere last weekend.
City head coach Sean O'Driscoll is sweating on the fitness of centre-back Aden Flint.
The Robins, who remain without a Sky Bet League One victory since relegation to this level, have trained without the former Swindon defender who has a knee injury.
Louis Carey remains absent with a virus and will not feature at Vale Park but Jordan Wynter has now returned to full training. O'Driscoll looks set to stick with Elliot Parish in goal after handing the former Cardiff man his league debut last weekend.
O'Driscoll signed Lewis Dunk on a one-month loan deal on Friday and the Brighton defender will go straight in to the squad.