On-loan defender Olly Lancashire looks set for a return to the Grimsby side for the visit of Port Vale.
The 21-year-old is fit again after spending last week back at parent club Southampton for treatment on a slight hamstring tear he sustained at Shrewsbury 15 days ago.
Lancashire is likely to come straight back into the team alongside Rob Atkinson with Paul Linwood the probable casualty.
However, boss Neil Woods could repeat his set-up against the Shrews with Peter Bore in a more advanced role and Linwood in at right-back.
Nathan Jarman's return from the bench at the New Meadow after a broken bone in his foot is another boost for Woods, who has further options with defender Joe Widdowson (foot) back in training and new signing Mark Hudson (hamstring) also on the mend.
Port Vale will be without suspended defender John McCombe for the trip.
McCombe should have served his one-match ban a week ago, but both of Vale's last two games have fallen foul to the wintry conditions, so the centre-half sees his ban carry over to the Blundell Park clash.
The enforced break has offered some benefits to boss Micky Adams, though, as Louis Dodds has now fully recovered from a knee injury and is in contention for the game.
Sean Rigg will attempt to make his comeback from a ban that ended after Vale's 1-1 draw at Northampton on December 12, while veteran Geoff Horsfield will be out well into the new year with a hamstring problem.
Vale will be glad that their return to action comes with an away trip as Adams' men have remained unbeaten in their last six games on the road.
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