SPANISH striker Juan Ugarte is expected back at Wrexham before the end of the week, giving Dragons' manager Denis Smith ample opportunity to complete his squad-building before the start of the season on August 5.
Ugarte, who has undergone three knee operations in little more than 12 months, will rejoin the Racecourse club if he can satisfactorily demonstrate that he is fit enough to withstand the rigours of league football and Smith is prepared to give him a few weeks grace before making a final decision.
"From what I understand, Juan should be here tomorrow or Wednesday," Smith said yesterday. "Only then will we have a better idea of the situation with him, although he told us last week that his rehabilitation work had been going well in San Sebastian."
With one striker - Lee McEvilly - sidelined for three months, the Racecourse boss is considering a move into the loan market. "If I'm happy that Juan will be fit to play by September, it's more than likely that we'll try to bring someone in on loan," he added.
Meanwhile Trinidad trialist Josh Johnson, a second-half substitute against Liverpool on Saturday, will be in Wrexham's starting line-up for tomorrow's Racecourse friendly against Manchester City (7.45pm). The 23-year old winger was given few opportunities to showcase his talent against the FA Cup-holders.
"He made a couple of great runs, but then people stopped passing the ball to him," said Smith. "That was as much down to fatigue as anything else and he's likely to see more of the ball if he's on from the start."
Johnson has certainly done enough in training to merit further scrutiny, but even though Wrexham are due to exit administration in the next 48 hours, money will still be an issue in any deal being done.
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