Crewe Alexandra defender George Ray looks set to step-up his return to match fitness with an expected 90 minutes in the Under 23's fixture at Birmingham City this evening.
George last played in the Cheshire Senior Cup loss at Nantwich two weeks ago, but U23 postponements have restricted his playing time in his attempted comeback.
Alex Morris' side travel to the Blues (7pm kick-off), looking to return to winning ways after a draw with Sheffield United and defeat to The Dabbers.
Boss Dave Artell said: "George is, touch wood, getting another 90 minutes under his belt tonight.
"There are a couple of others having run-outs, but not too long, because we're obviously mindful of the game on Tuesday night."