CHESTER CITY central defender Phil Bolland could return to action next week after recovering from his broken shoulder.
 
Bolland sustained the injury during a pre-season friendly.
 
Initially it was feared he wouldn’t return until November, but his progress has been speedier than expected, which has pleased City manager Mark Wright.
 
He said: "Phil isn’t feeling any ill effects with his shoulder and he has trained well over the past few weeks, so we have targeted next week’s reserve team game against Tranmere Rovers for his first competitive action.
 
"We need him back to full fitness because of the qualities that he brings to the squad and also it is an added bonus he is returning because we are suffering from a lengthy injury list at the moment."
 
A combination of City’s injury problems and a waterlogged Boundary Park pitch, means the scheduled Pontin’s League game against Oldham Athletic this evening has been postponed.
 
Meanwhile, the Lincoln City midfielder Ryan Semple will undergo a medical later today, prior to his proposed loan transfer.
 
City chairman Stephen Vaughan said last night: "It is a precautionary measure. We have made a couple of mistakes in the past when signing players who, it turns out, have injuries, so we are merely safeguarding the interests of both parties.
 
"Lincoln have been excellent in all the negotiations surrounding this deal, and I would like to thank them for all their assistance."