Striker Rhys Turner is in line for a return to the fold at Barrow AFC’s away trip to Chesterfield tomorrow after returning to training this week.

The 23-year-old last featured for the Bluebirds in the 1-1 draw against AFC Fylde on Boxing Day before suffering a hamstring strain that has kept him sidelined for the last few weeks.

It was another disruption in what is Turner’s first season at Holker Street, after a fractured foot, suffered at Leyton Orient in Ausgust, ruled him out for three months.

His injury troubles have limited him to just eight appearances so far in the campaign, but manager Ian Evatt is hoping they are now behind him.

He said: “Rhys is back and looking really sharp in training and hopefully now he can stay fit for the rest of the season because Rhys Turner is a very, very talented boy. I’ve said that all along.

“He’s had bad luck with injuries this year, but now is the time that he needs to stand up and be counted. The season’s running out, the games are running out, so now’s his time and he needs to come in and affect games like he should do, with his ability, because he is a very talented boy.”

Turner’s comeback means Barrow’s attacking resources are well-stocked again, with Jacob Blyth, Jack Hindle and recent arrival Dior Angus providing competition for places.

The same will soon be said of the defensive ranks – which has been boosted lately by the signing of former Chesterfield man Sam Hird – with Brian Wilson pencilled in for a return from his calf injury at the home game against Bromley on February 9.

Evatt said: “Brian’s doing ever so well – he’s at St George’s Park this week, rehabbing, and he will probably be one to two weeks away, which is good and again gives us competition.

“Kyle [Jameson] is obviously suffering because of the way the games are laid out, with the Leyton Orient game being called off, which means his suspension lasts longer than it would have done.”