MICHAEL Wilde is in line to make his Chester FC comeback in just two games’ time – much sooner than he ever expected.
Blues boss Neil Young has pencilled in the Cheshire Senior Cup clash at Hyde a week on Tuesday as the match in which he wants his talismanic striker to return from injury.
Wilde had initially been looking at an October return, but the fractured collarbone he suffered in pre-season is healing well.
News of Wilde’s comeback comes as the perfect tonic for Young after Jerome Wright was ruled out for up to six weeks.
Young said: “We hope Michael is going to play some part in the Hyde game.
“He’s gone away, shown a great attitude and done everything the physios have told him to do.
“The physios are completely happy with him and they think the date we have set is doable if he continues to do everything correctly.
“Now it’s just a case of Michael getting confident in his collarbone and shoulder again. He had a little bit of contact with the physios on Monday and we hope to have him back in full contact training by the middle of next week.”
In contrast, winger Wright is facing at least a month on the sidelines after tests revealed the tear in his thigh is worse than first feared.
Alex Brown had a pain-killing injection in his bruised foot on Monday in a bid to get him fit for last night’s trip to Ashton United – a match played after The Chronicle went to press.
But if the midfielder failed to make it, he is likely to be included in the squad for Saturday’s match at Worksop Town (3pm).
The Blues welcome in-form Kendal Town to the Exacta Stadium next Wednesday (7.45pm) – when captain George Horan will be suspended – before heading to Hyde. The first-round cup tie was originally scheduled for Monday, September 19, but Chester have agreed to Hyde’s request to put it back 24 hours.