A Brechin City old boy is set to return to the Glebe Park club.
Darren Dods is hopeful that a deal to sign midfielder Liam Watt from Livingston will be concluded in time for the former Airdrie man to play against Albion Rovers this afternoon.
Even with Watt’s return, though, Dods is travelling to Lanarkshire with a threadbare squad.
Andy Jackson, Euan Smith, James Dale, Chris O’Neil and Darren McCormack are all injured, while Dougie Hill is suspended.
Dods reported: “Jacko might be able to start kicking a ball in a couple of weeks so the earliest we could get him back looks like being the end of January.
“Euan and James get their knee scans at the start of next week.
“Hopefully they won’t need operations but the worst case scenario is that both will be out for the season.
“Chris and Darren are hopefully only a week away.”
Dods will be delighted to welcome Watt back to the club.
“Liam has been let go by Livingston,” he said.
“Hopefully the deal will go through in time for him to play tomorrow.
“Full-time football hasn’t quite worked out for Liam there.
“He did very well for us on loan last season – scoring five goals in 10 games – and it will be great to have him back.”
Dods revealed that he could also list a player from the juniors as a trialist substitute.
Always a pint half-full manager, Dods joked: “When I started out with Hibs there were only two subs and no sub goalie so who needs a bench!”
Rovers are nearer to the bottom of the table than the top but Brechin lost to them just a month ago.
Dods said: “They are a tough side to play against if they get in front so we need to make sure that doesn’t happen.”