Luton Town boss John Still has confirmed that influential midfielder Luke Guttridge will return to the squad for the League Two opener at Carlisle United on Saturday.
The 32-year-old last started a competitive game for Luton on March 1, scoring in a 3-0 win over Alfreton before a metatarsal injury ended his campaign.
However, he has featured in Town’s pre-season friendlies and played 90 minutes against Biggleswade Town on Monday night as Still said: “He’ll come into contention. Will he start? I don’t think so, but he’ll probably be able to go on the bench.
“He’s a very, very important player, he missed at the end of last season, but he’s fit now.
“If we didn’t need him this season, we did all right without him at the end of last season so we’ll find a way.”
Meanwhile, Still admitted Town could be without up to four players for the lengthy trip to Brunton Park.
He continued: “Jonathan Smith has missed a few days training so we won’t include him Saturday but we’ll probably include him Tuesday (against Swindon Town).
“Shaun Whalley’s missed a little bit of training for five or six days with a toe injury, we won’t use him Saturday but possibly Tuesday.
“Alex Lawless has aslight problem with his hamstring, nothing bad, I don’t know whether I’ll use him or not, but that’s about it.”
One player who definitely is out for the time being is Andy Parry, although he played the first half in Monday’s 3-1 victory at Biggleswade.
Still added: “There’s nothing long term, but he’s a bit behind.
“He’s probably the only one we’ve got though and we’re in a decent place.”