ALSAGER Town boss Greg Clowes hopes to have two main men available when Saturday's postponed clash with Great Harwood is rearranged.
He was disappointed that the game with the rock-bottom Blackburn side was called off due to a waterlogged pitch at Fairview Avenue, but at least striker Peter Heler and captain Wayne Brotherton should be fit when the game is eventually played.
Heler has returned home after spending a week in hospital. He developed complications after having 12 stitches put in a gashed calf at Skelmersdale three games ago.
The wound became infected and a blood clot formed on his lung. He had medication to thin the blood but then developed a thrombosis in his leg.
It was a tough time for the Alsager farmer but he is healthy now and has an eye on returning in the New Year.
Brotherton suffered a hair-line fracture of the ankle during the same game but is out of plaster and could be ready for the game with Fleetwood Town on January 3.
Clowes said: 'It is the first time in my five years as manager that a home game has been cancelled because of water on the pitch. It normally drains very well.
'But we had to call it off at 11am because we didn't want Great Harwood to travel for no reason. It is disappointing not to play a side when they are bottom, but maybe Brotherton and Heler will be back when it is rearranged.'
The Alsager boss says he is 'very disappointed' by his side's first half of the season, and blames an inability to beat inferior sides as the reason they are only eighth in the table.
He said he is giving his play-ers a chance to prove themselves but will scour the transfer market for replacements if results do not pick up.
He added: 'We should be doing a lot better than we are. It is a mentality thing with the players and they need to keep their standards up whoever we play against.
'There is a lot more to come from them and I will give them that chance. But if things don't get better, I will look at getting new faces in because I want at least a top-five finish.'
Alsager have given Unibond Northern League side Rochester seven days notice of approach for their striker Richard Mitchell.
Town entertain Formby on Monday, 3pm.