Several Berwick Rangers players are nursing niggling injuries ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final away to Hibernian.
Club captain Stephen Tulloch, who has missed a large chunk of the season with a broken cheek, is back training with the first team, but is not match fit and is unlikely to be included in the squad.
Stand-in skipper Steven Notman, who has missed the last three games with a knee injury, is expected back in training this week, but no decision has been taken on his inclusion and his involvement against his former club will depend on how he shapes up on Tuesday and Thursday.
Player-manager Colin Cameron, who has figured in the team over the past few weeks, was substituted during Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Albion Rovers and later received treatment for a thigh injury.
Striker Blair Henderson is also carrying a knock which all means an element of uncertainty of player availability.
“It’s not the ideal preparation,” admitted Cameron, “But we will see how everyone comes through this week before making a final decision.”
Hibs are managed by former Celtic star and Scotland international Alan Stubbs and have been going great guns recently. They are unbeaten in last 11 games.
They were relegated from the SPL into the Championship at the end of last season and when Stubbs was appointed he was handed the task of rebuilding the club.
So far he appears to be succeeding, as they are now sitting second in the table, albeit a long way behind leaders and cross-city rivals Hearts.
Some of the young players are starting to flourish under the new regime and the squad, captained by Liam Craig, have taken on a more solid look.
Craig, who comes from Chirnside in Berwickshire, was a product of Berwick Rangers Juniors. He had spells with Hearts and Ipswich Town before switching back to Scotland, where he spent five years with St Johnstone before signing for the capital club.
To reach the quarter-final stages Berwick have had to play six games, including two replays, while Hibs have only faced two ties.
Berwick have beaten Formartine 2-0, East Fife 3-2, Albion Rovers 1-0 after a 1-1 draw and Spartans, again 1-0 after a 1-1 draw.
Hibs, meanwhile, have had an easier passage, progressing 2-1 away to Alloa and 3-1 at home to Arbroath.