LEE Gregory could make his first start since August 20 against Rochdale at the Den this weekend.
The 28-year-old striker made his first appearance since the 2-1 win over Sheffield United last month when he came on as a 40th-minute substitute for Joe Martin in the 3-1 defeat to Southend last Saturday.
Lions boss Neil Harris said Gregory came through the fixture okay. "He looked a little bit rusty at times but if you look at the positives that came out of the weekend Aiden O'Brien scored again and Lee Gregory got some minutes.
"Lee, by his own admission, it wasn't his best hour for us. But an hour under his belt will be really good for him because he's had a stop-start season so far."
Meanwhile, there is still no specific return date for Shaun Hutchinson, who has featured in just one competitive game this season.
Harris said: "The timescale always seems to be a week or two away and never seems to get there.
"There's no blame anywhere, he's had some really rotten luck, the fella.
"He's not far away, we're hoping he's going to be back in training very soon. We hope he is because he certainly gives us another option."
Another defender, Shaun Cummings, who has been out since February with a knee injury, played 65 minutes against Nottingham Forest U23s on Monday but is likely to need to come through a full 90 minutes with Justin Skinner's side before being considered for a return to the first team.
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