CHESTER CITY'S record signing Gregg Blundell has stepped up his training in a bid to be fit for tomorrow's Coca-Cola League Two match at Rushden and Diamonds.
Blundell injured his ankle in training on the eve of the new season, and has been absent from City's opening games against Peterborough United and Lincoln City.
City manager Keith Curle said last night: "Gregg has trained well, and thankfully hasn't suffered any reaction. It is too early to say if he will be fit for the Rushden game. It's probably fair to say that his chances are 50-50."
Craig Dove's knee injury definitely rules him out of contention, but Abdou El Kholti and Sean Hessey, who have both suffered minor injuries in the past few days, are expected to be fit.
Tomorrow's game is the start of a busy period for City.
They play Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Carling Cup first round next Tuesday evening and then have important league matches against Darlington and Torquay United the following weekend.
Meanwhile, City chairman Stephen Vaughan received confirmation last night that the much-needed entrance to the Deva Stadium complex from Sovereign Way has been approved by Chester City Council.
"This will help us immensely to ease traffic congestion in and around the stadium before and after matches," said Vaughan.
In another development, the troublesome drainage system at the Deva Stadium looks likely to be upgraded in the near future.
Last weekend's home match against Grimsby Town had to be postponed when the pitch, car parks and certain sections of terracing were flooded following heavy downpours of rain.