Peterhead manager Jim McInally urged his team to deliver a League Two winners’ medal for crocked Derek Lyle.
But the Blue Toon boss is buzzing that the striker could have a role to play in the run-in.
The 38-year-old fractured his left ankle during a 2-0 defeat to Berwick Rangers on Tuesday March 19.
That looked like it would end the former Queen of the South player’s season.
Although this Saturday’s game with Elgin City at Borough Briggs will come too quickly for Lyle, he is in the running to feature next Saturday in the Buchan team’s last home game of the season against Stirling Albion.
McInally was disappointed to see Lyle get injured at Shielfield Park.
The game had been scheduled for Saturday March 16 but was postponed due to snow and rearranged for three days later.
Lyle had a short family break booked to Tenerife on March 17, but after the postponement cancelled his holiday to play against Berwick.
That dedication coupled with his commitment to travelling from Glasgow to train at Forfar once a week, while also managing a business, has impressed McInally.
So the Balmoor gaffer was gutted to lose him to injury and urged the rest of the squad to secure a League Two title medal for Lyle after the injury.
But now Lyle may be able to help secure the title and promotion to League One.
He said: “Derek is a loss to us but we have got a bit of a mission to try to win the league for him.
“He sacrificed a lot to come to Peterhead and sacrificed a holiday to play against Berwick and then got injured so we’d like to get him a winners’ medal.
“I said to him that nobody would have thought any worse of him if he had gone on that holiday, but he cancelled it and it was a shame to see him get injured.
“We’ve mentioned what Derek has gone through to the players and how we want to earn him a league medal.
“But with the way his ankle has come on he could yet be involved.
“I saw it last Saturday week when we played Clyde and even that day his ankle had made great progress.
“He has worked really hard and is keen to be involved again so he’s shown commitment and set an example.
“The Elgin game will be too early for him – but he could be involved against Stirling Albion.
“We’re certainly not ruling him out because it has been a remarkable recovery.
“It’s a bit of a long shot maybe, but it has been a great comeback from Derek and it would be great if he could be involved before the end of the season.”