Barrow AFC’s options will be significantly increased when Aldershot Town visit Holker Street tomorrow, with several players returning from injury and suspension.

Experienced duo Sam Hird and Jason Taylor are off the banned list, having missed the last three and two games, respectively, with their absence being keenly felt during the last week.

Hird’s return could see the Bluebirds revert to playing with a back three, which was a system that has been very successful in making them hard to beat, with them needing stability again after conceding three goals in both of their last two games.

Jack Barthram returning from the slight concussion he sustained at Barnet last week will also aid that, while Taylor will likely slot back into midfield in place of Steve Jennings.

Manager Ian Evatt said: “We’ve missed Sam and Jason, in terms of their experience. Jason has been fantastic for us this year and Sam was just hitting a run of form when he got banned.

“On Saturday, we’ll have a much stronger squad, in terms of numbers; we’ll have Sam back, Jason back and Jack Barthram will be back from concussion protocol.

“Rhys Norrington-Davies is returning to training – how ready he is to play I’m not sure, but we’ll monitor him, so all of a sudden, again we’re looking strong.

“It’s been tough, really, all season that we haven’t been able to consistently pick the same 11 because of suspensions, injuries and whatever else, so hopefully we can keep everyone fit on the pitch for a strong push for the rest of the season.

“The boys played so well [against Leyton Orient] on Tuesday night and I think the crowd that came would have enjoyed that game because it was a proper good football match.”

Defenders Josh Granite (ankle) and Brian Wilson (calf) are still unavailable, while striker Rhys Turner will probably be on the bench again, despite his recent heroics off it, as Barrow continue to manage his fitness.