WREXHAM midfielder Mark Jones is winning his fitness battle to play at Macclesfield Town tomorrow, which is good news for the Dragons and for his international ambitions.
Wales manager John Toshack next week names his senior and under-21 squads for forthcoming friendly matches against Paraguay and Northern Ireland respectively and the Dragons' leading goalscorer is keen for the chance to impress on the national stage.
Yesterday Jones confirmed that Toshack had written to him requesting him not to book any holidays for the end of May when he has lined up fixtures in Spain and Austria against a Basque representative team and Trinidad & Tobago as part of the build-up to the European Championship qualifying campaign which gets under way in September.
It's a sign that Jones is on course to win his first senior cap this year with the Wales boss seeking to bring through a fresh young crop of players.
But the Racecourse talent needs to be playing regular first team football and his participation in training yesterday confirmed he has shaken off the knee injury he sustained against Wycombe Wanderers last weekend.
Wrexham boss Denis Smith, who could be without seven players at Moss Rose, admitted Toshack's letter was news to him.
"Mark hasn't mentioned it me, but that's nothing new because he doesn't talk a lot," he said.
"I won't be at all surprised if he's called up next week and I'd like to think there could be under-21 spots as well for Matt Crowell, Levi Mackin, Simon Spender and even Mike Williams, all of whom are doing well here."
All five of the Welsh hopefuls will be in tomorrow's squad as the club's run of bad luck with injuries continues.
Strikers Jon Walters, Lee McEvilly and loan signing Juan Ugarte are long-term absentees, while Darren Ferguson (hip) and Lee Roche (groin) see specialists today.
Dean Bennett, who damaged his ankle against TNS nine days ago, has little chance for tomorrow and defender Dave Bayliss begins a two-match ban.
But the Dragons boss is excited at the prospect of watching new loan arrival Matt Derbyshire in action.
The 19-year-old Blackburn Rovers striker trained with his new team-mates for the first time yesterday and Smith said: "I hope he plays as well on Saturday as he did today.
"I liked the look of him the first time I saw him more than 12 months ago, but when I asked about him back in August he had decided quite rightly at the time to go to Plymouth to play in the Championship.
"Now, though, Mark Hughes and Eddie Niedzwiecki have pushed him in our direction because they know we'll give him the opportunity to play games.
"He's a nice lad, very intelligent and he is looking very sharp.
"Kevin Russell watched him play for Blackburn reserves on Monday when he scored a goal and did very well, so we are hoping he can carry on in the same vein.
"It's asking a lot of him and Sam Williams, because they are both young lads, but they are quality players and have a good pedigree."