Exeter midfielder Liam Sercombe has handed manager Paul Tisdale a huge boost by returning to training, and he may play a part in the Grecians' clash with Oldham.

Sercombe has been out with a broken foot for six weeks, but has been involved in full training this week. Tisdale will not risk a start for the 21-year-old against the Latics, although he may find himself of the bench.

The Exeter boss said: "Liam has got a couple of days in training and then he has a chance of being on the bench on Saturday. That is a big boost."

Striker Guillem Bauza is pushing for a recall to the starting line-up after enjoying a handful of substitute appearances following his recovery from injury, and fellow frontman John O'Flynn could also feature.

Bradley Diallo could be in line to return to the Oldham starting line-up as they bid to record a third successive away win.

Latics manager Paul Dickov opted not to use the full-back in the 2-0 home defeat to Brentford, despite his return from suspension, selecting those who had kept a clean sheet against Leyton Orient instead.

At his pre-match press conference, Dickov said: "Do I keep the same team after a victory, or with people coming back fit, do I change it?

"Maybe that's something I have learned from last week."

Captain Dean Furman (knee) has yet to feature this year but should be back in full training next week. Paul Black (groin) is close to returning to training while Josh Parker is still five or six weeks away from action.

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