Stags striker Alex Fisher could be back in the squad this weekend – and boss Adam Murray intends to get the best out of his talents once he returns.
The summer signing from AC Monza, who impressed in pre-season, flirted with the first team for a while under previous boss Paul Cox but failed to hold down a regular place before dislocating his collarbone at Tranmere in October.
Fisher has stepped up training this week but has been protected from full contact until now.
Murray said: “He may be involved at the weekend. I will have a word with the lad and the physio first.
“He will be like a new signing for us when he comes back and his finishing is top drawer.
“You saw that in pre-season. After pre-season Alex was probably asked to do a role he was not comfortable with. He was asked to be another Matt Rhead and do that side of things. But he’s not that type of a player.
“Alex is more of a sniffer in the box. He has great movement and great intelligence.
“He now needs to step up and man up. He needs to understand the environment he is coming into and come to the party.”