Peterhead boss Jim McInally will have star striker Rory McAllister back fully fit for their vital game against Montrose.
It may only be their fifth league game of the season, but McInally is well aware of the importance of tomorrow’s encounter at Balmoor.
The Blue Toon face one of the promotion rivals in the Gable Endies.
Stewart Petrie’s team are second in the League Two table with 10 points out of 12, Peterhead are fourth with six out of 12, but defeat would leave the Buchan outfit seven points behind and give them a lot of ground to make up in the title race.
One thing that is helping McInally’s cause is the return of McAllister.
The talismanic attacker has been nursed back to full fitness after pulling a thigh muscle last month.
McInally said: “Rory is not a guy who gets injured very often and I think he had a wee doubt in his mind that this was maybe worse than normal.
“But I think playing 90 minutes against Stirling Albion (4-2 defeat) and not having a bad reaction to it strengthened his belief that he was okay, and then he came on last week and scored a brilliant goal against Annan Atheltic (2-0 Irn-Bru Cup win).
“So, hopefully he is ready to go again because he is an important player for us.
“Montrose have started the season well.
“They went down to Ayr United and won in the Irn-Bru Cup, and they recently went to Annan and won.
“They’re a big strong side and they will come here full of confidence, so it’ll be tough.
“They are above us in the league and it’s important that we keep tabs on them.
“It’s a big game. They’re coming into it in good shape and hopefully after last week we’re coming into it in good form as well.”
McInally also hopes to have midfielders Jamie Stevenson and Jordon Brown back from injury, but centre-back David McCracken will miss out after injuring a calf last Saturday against Annan.
He added: “I would rather go into it having McCracken fit because of his experience just because big Chris Templeman can be a handful for them up front.
“But it was pleasing that we managed to hold it together last week against Annan with a young team when he went off.”
Peterhead beat the Angus team 4-1 over two legs in the League One play-off semi-finals last year.