CAPTAIN Calvin Davis is finally expected to return on court for TCS Chester Jets on Sunday (5.30pm) as they host Scottish Rocks.
The 27-year-old Texan centre has been out for more than a month following surgery to correct cartilage problems but coach Paul Smith is hopeful his skipper is now ready for action.
Smith said: 'Cal's had a light run out this week and we're expecting to use him in at least a bit-part role against Rocks this weekend.
'Obviously we'll listen to our physios before making any decisions and we don't want him to aggravate anything. For players in this situation the dilemma of bringing them back is as much psychological as it is physical.'
Jets will be doubly determined to secure victory on Sunday having dropped to fourth in the BBL standings after losing their last two league outings while they will also be eager to exact revenge on the side who knocked them out of the BBL Cup just three weeks ago.
The 90-75 loss to Rocks at Sheffield's Ponds Forge Centre not only denied Jets a crack at the season's first piece of silverware, it ended an eight-game winning streak enjoyed by the club in all competitions.
Smith said: 'Do we want to put things right against Rocks? Oh yes. I felt the scoreline in Sheffield flattered them in the end but they produced a fantastic display of three-point shooting in the second half.
'We're going to have to make sure that Lamont McIntosh is kept under wraps but we guarded him closely last time and he was still landing some amazing shots.'
Last Sunday's comprehensive BBL Trophy triumph over Leicester Riders has lifted the mood in Jets' camp after back-to-back loses and Smith is expecting his side to pick up where they left off.
He said: 'Our last game was a real confidence booster, especially with Trey's outside shooting coming good. He'd been struggling to be fair but we knew he'd be ok as soon as they started to drop.
'I was able to use all of our players and having a deep bench is a new challenge. I don't get the rotation right all the time but having some role players to come off the bench is handy.'