Marvin Elliott and Neil Kilkenny lined up for return against Huddersfield Town
Marvin Elliott and Neil Kilkenny have returned to training and could feature when Bristol City take on Huddersfield at the John Smiths Stadium on Saturday.
With just four first-team starts between them, the midfield pair have scarcely featured in City's Championship campaign this season.
Having finally recovered from the ruptured Achilles tendon that ruled him out for the final two months of last season, Elliott suffered a groin injury after fighting his way back into the team and starting back-to-back away games at Peterborough and Watford in September.
He underwent a hernia operation last month – and has missed City's last six games.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
Kilkenny has struggled with injury since sustaining a hamstring problem during pre-season and was forced back onto the sidelines after playing in games against Leeds and Millwall.
But both returned to training this week and are now pressing their claims for inclusion in the squad to face Huddersfield.
An unused substitute during last Saturday's home defeat to Hull, Elliott is in with a chance of starting this weekend, while Kilkenny, a little behind in his fitness, could be in contention for a place on the bench, affording City manager Derek McInnes increased options within a squad that has been ravaged by injury.
At least the sickness bug that laid a number of players low over the weekend appears to be under control.
Jody Morris, Stephen McManus and Steven Davies have all recovered, while goalkeeper Dean Gerken and midfielder Bobby Reid missed training earlier this week as a precaution.
McInnes, though, is still sweating on the fitness of centre-back James Wilson, who reported with a stiff neck and back and was forced to sit out the last game.
Given that Liam Fontaine and Louis Carey are both sidelined with injury, McInnes is short of central defensive options and had no choice but to field the unwell McManus alongside Lewin Nyatanga against Hull.
If Wilson fails to recover in time for Saturday's game in Yorkshire, McManus and Nyatanga will be the only two centre-backs left standing.
Loan signing Matthew Briggs is again likely to feature at left-back in the continued absence of the injured Greg Cunningham.
City have bolstered their under-21 development squad by signing up a further six players.
Already on short-term deals, Curtis Jones, Tom King and Kevin Krans have earned contracts until the end of the season, while Nathan Battersby, Tobi Ajala and Luke Dobie have been offered terms until January after impressing in the club's Development League side.
Charged with the task of producing the next generation of City first-team players, Academy head coach Willie McStay said: "We are delighted to add the new players and are confident they will further improve the quality we already have at this level.
"The introduction of the Under-21 Development League has been a big boost to the football club and football as a whole up and down the country."
Once on Celtic's books, Jones is a utility defender, while former Stoke and Liverpool trainee King is a left-back who has been capped by Australia at under-20 level.
A forward with genuine pace and an eye for goal, Krans was previously with Fulham.
Defender Battersby spent time with Championship rivals Bolton before linking up with City, while midfielder Dobie (ex-Middlesbrough and Everton) and striker Ajala (former Hayes & Yeading) complete the sextet.