Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson is hoping Alex Kiwomya will be available for the clash against Portsmouth.
As well as Kiwomya, Ferguson is also hoping Luke McCullough will be available next weekend as the pair, who have missed the season so far, close in on a return to full fitness.
Kiwomya is yet to feature for Doncaster since his summer move from Chelsea after contracting a serious illness during pre-season.
The forward has been suffering with an illness called Guillain-Barre, a rare autoimmune disorder, an illness that attacks the nervous system.
He has recently returned to training, Ferguson is happy with his progress, and he is looking at the trip to Fratton Park at the beginning of February as his possible return to the first team matchday squad.
“He is looking good, he has trained well and he has joined in pretty much everything the last 10-14 days,” Ferguson told BBC Radio Sheffield.
“He has had a full week of training, although he didn`t do much today (Thursday) but he joined in with the shape and tactic stuff for the game on Saturday.
“We will probably give him a break at the weekend because he has done a lot this week.”
Kiwomya is set to make his return for the development team next week as he improves his fitness as he aims for a return to first team action in February.
“He will train on Monday and we will look to give him 45 minutes on Tuesday.” Ferguson continued.
“We are hoping he will be ready for Portsmouth.
“We have to be careful because of the length of time that he has been out with little niggles, so we have gradually brought him into it.
“He will get 45 minutes on Tuesday (v Port Vale), 60 minutes the following week against Lincoln City on the Saturday morning and if he gets through that, then he will be available.”
Luke McCullough is also close to a return after also missing the season so far with a knee injury.
The defender played 45 minutes against Bradford City this week and he will feature for longer next week and he could come back in before the end of the month, Ferguson added. “He will play 60 minutes against Port Vale on Tuesday, perhaps even more, 70 minutes, and then he will be available for Bristol Rovers.”
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