Jim O’Brien has been given the all-clear to play for Notts County but boss Neal Ardley does not expect the midfielder to be firing on all cylinders.
The Scotsman has been out of action since September when he broke his arm in a 2-1 defeat to Bromley which required surgery.
O’Brien’s rehabilitation has gone well and he is now in a position where he is hoping to figure in the trip to Chesterfield in the FA Trophy at the weekend.
But Ardley says he is taking care with O’Brien’s preparations given his arm is still healing.
“We are trying to do the build-up right,” he said.
“We are hoping Jim can get back in. I don’t expect him to come back and hit the ground running.”