JAMIE Price's future at Worcester City could lie in the centre of midfield, according to manager Richard Dryden.

Price, who has been out of action since damaging his thigh in the defeat at Stalybridge, is set to return to the City side for tomorrow's match against Gainsborough Trinity at St George's Lane (3pm).

The Welshman was used as a left-back when he arrived at Worcester but has played the majority of his games on the left side of a midfield quartet.

But, with Emeka Nwadike having left for AFC Telford on Monday and Dryden failing in his bid to land Altrincham's Jake Sedgemore, there is a vacancy to partner Gary Walker in the middle of the park.

"Jamie should be back, which is a massive plus," Dryden said. "The more I look at him, I think he could be more effective in the middle of midfield.

"He's proved me wrong because I didn't think he could head a ball but in the last few games his aggression has been channelled in the right way and he's getting used to the style of the league.

"He's getting stronger. Hopefully, soon he will be competing in the middle of midfield."

Price's return to fitness would be a welcome boost to Dryden as he is still likely to be without Graham Ward, George Clegg and Troy Wood for tomorrow's final home match of the season.

Ward has been buoyed by the news that he hasn't done any long-term damage to his knee but still remains a doubt for the end-of-season run-in.

Clegg's Achilles injury is improving but he has been told to rest and is expected to be out for at least another week, while Wood recovers from his ankle problem.

Rapinder Gill is fit to play a part and could well find himself utilised as a right-back to enable Ryan Clarke to deputise for Chris Smith.

Smith has shaken off his back problem but serves the first of a two-game ban, which also keeps him out of Monday's Worcestershire Senior Cup final first leg at Redditch.

The match is Worcester's first since Easter Monday's 1-1 draw with Alfreton following last Saturday's postponement at Workington.

Gainsborough have lost just once in their last six games but Dryden wants his team to end their campaign at the Lane with a flourish.

"We want to finish on a massive high," he added. "The fans have had some thrilling games in the last few weeks and hopefully we can finish off with an exciting game."

Adam Burley is unlikely to play against his former club after falling out of favour.