Darren Ferguson has allayed fears striker Alex Kiwomya will not play for Doncaster Rovers this season.
Kiwomya has yet to feature for Rovers since his summer switch from Chelsea, having contracted the rare autoimmune disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome.
While always expected to make a full recovery, Kiwomya has suffered from muscle weakness in the aftermath and is currently building his body back up with gym work.
There has been a growing concern among supporters that the 21-year-old would miss his entire first campaign with Rovers.
But boss Ferguson fully expects to see him in a Rovers shirt before the end of the season.
“Yes, I’m confident we’ll see him this season,” Ferguson told The Star.
“I don’t think we’ll see him this year but we’ll see him this season.
“He’s coming along well.
“He’s really improved over the last couple of weeks.
“He was in the gym on Monday and we’ve seen a real improvement in him so I’m delighted.”
Ferguson said last week that Kiwomya would be highly unlikely to return before January at the earliest.
A player set for a more immediate comeback is defender Mathieu Baudry, who completed 60 minutes for Rovers’ Development Squad yesterday.
And the Frenchman could be involved in the senior squad for the trip to Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
“We’ll see how he comes through this first period of playing,” Ferguson said.
“He’s trained very well, he looks good.
“We’ll see how he is on Thursday morning and if there’s no reaction, he’ll train Thursday.
“It’s then a decision I’ll have to make whether he’ll be involved at Charlton or whether I keep him another week.”
The Development Squad triumphed 4-0 at Walsall with goals from James Morris (2), Liam Mandeville and Jacob Fletcher.
Luke McCullough is set to return to training by Monday after suffered a small thigh problem during his recovery from a knee injury.