Peterhead have been buoyed by the news that industrious wide man David Cox may be fit to return to the squad for the final weeks of the campaign.
The former Alloa and Annan player broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot when he landed awkwardly from an aerial challenge in the 1-1 draw with Berwick in October.
The initial prognosis was that Cox would miss between six weeks and three months of first team action while the bone healed.
Despite the advice of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary doctors, who treated the 24-year-old in A&E after the incident, no pin was put into Cox’s foot to strengthen the bone.
When he went for a check up recently he was told the bone would now have to be pinned, despite the previous decision not to do so.
Cox underwent successful foot surgery on Friday morning which saw doctors use part of his heel bone to repair the damage.
Despite the severity of the surgery, Cox could still recover in time for the crucial League 2 run in.
Cox said: “If everything goes well and there are no further problems the doctors have told me it will be between six and eight weeks until I’m back.
“In some cases it can heal without being pinned but in my case obviously it didn’t.”
Manager Jim McInally added: “He’s quite happy.
“We’re now looking at six weeks of recovery and after that he should be ready to go.
“There won’t be much of the season left but he can still come in and make a real impact.
“It will be a vital time in the season and I’m really hoping he can come in and give us a lft.
“I’m delighted for him because it was a real concern.
“Everyone involved in the game knows that these injuries need pinned otherwise they become weak and can go at any time.
“Not that’s been put in place it should be stronger. It’s good news.”