DARREN FERGUSON could be one of nine senior Wrexham players in reserve team action at Macclesfield Town this afternoon (2pm).
Although suspended for a further two Second Division matches following his dismissal at Luton last month, the Dragons captain is understood to be eligible for the Pontins League and Racecourse manager Denis Smith wants to give several members of his first-team squad a run-out.
Steve Thomas, Steve Roberts, Craig Morgan, Mark Jones, Matt Crowell, Chris Armstrong, Shaun Holmes and Lee Jones have all been pencilled in, with Smith taking advantage of a blank Saturday to keep them sharp.
"These lads have not had many games and it will help them improve their match fitness," he said yesterday.
"Only a few weeks ago we were stretched by playing three matches a week and now we are struggling to get a game, so it's a bit frustrating."
The Dragons boss will be hoping that both Armstrong and Jones, in particular, can use this afternoon's match as another stepping-stone following their recent injury problems.
In the aftermath of Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Brighton he admitted that goals are scarcer than he would have liked.
"Lee, hopefully, is fit again and there's still a bit of work to be done with Chris," he added.
"We also have Hector, who is very good when he's on form and not so good when he's not, and Chris Llewellyn, who finishes for fun in training but has yet to do it in matches.
"Injuries and other things have forced us to chop and change up front too much this season."