A three-match ban for midfielder Jacob Mellis could be just the opening that lets Otis Khan back into the Mansfield Town team.
Khan is desperate to prove a point after failing to regain a regular place following injury last season and, despite an impressive pre-season, was only on the bench in the opener at Newport, though came on to star in the second half.
Boss John Dempster was non-committal as to who will replace Mellis after his sending-off at Newport last weekend, but said: “I think you will definitely see Otis feature on Saturday.
“Whether he starts or comes off the bench again remains to be seen.
“He has done brilliantly throughout pre-season and come back with a real drive and motivation.
“Otis has performed to a high level. He didn’t think feel like he hit the levels last season consistently enough and I love his honesty.
“He is another cracking character to have in and around the place.
“He is someone who is going to play a vital part in this campaign.