MICHAEL Wilde is making good progress on the fractured collarbone he suffered in pre-season and could be back in a blue and white shirt in five weeks.
Wilde, who turned 28 last Saturday, has been receiving extensive physiotherapy on the injury should return to action for Chester FC in October.
“My rehab is going really well and I’m starting to feel like I’m making some kind of progress,” said Wilde, who fired the Blues to the First Division North title with 36 goals in 43 games last season.
“I have been doing all I can to help speed up my recovery. I have been going to Saltney to have some sessions in an oxygen tank and I’ve also been given a strict four-week programme by the physio.
“My aim now is to get onto the training field with the lads in the next couple of weeks and get some physical contact on the pitch, which my shoulder needs.”
Wilde, who enters his final year of a sports coaching and science degree at Glyndwr University this month, admits he faces a tough task in winning back his place in the Blues starting line-up.
“It’s going to be difficult as there is so much competition for places in the squad,” said Wilde.
“Chris Simm was tremendous against FC United and Matty McNeil has been finding the target. Then you’ve got Jamie Rainford and Mark Reed as well who are both proven goalscorers at this level.
“If I prove my fitness and bide my time then hopefully I’ll be able to win a starting place and get back among the goals again.”
Former Chester City favourite Ryan Lowe has signed for fallen giants Sheffield Wednesday.
The 32-year-old put pen to paper on a two-year deal at Hillsborough this week after moving from League One rivals Bury for a fee believed to be in the region of £100,000.
As last night’s transfer deadline loomed, Scunthorpe United were on the verge of signing Lowe’s former Chester team-mate Damien Mozika for a six-figure sum.