SIMON Brown could be in the frame to make his competitive Worcester City debut at Altrincham tomorrow (3pm).

The attacking midfielder, who joined the St George’s Lane club in the summer, has been sidelined with a thigh injury for the first seven Blue Square Bet North matches.

But Brown has made significant progress and, although his training has been limited, the former Mansfield player may be called on to swell City’s forward options alongside Mike Symons.

Danny Carey-Bertram starts a three-match ban after his red card at Histon last month, while fellow striker Luke Corbett is still struggling with an ankle problem and Marc McGregor (hamstring) has only just returned to training.

Manager Carl Heeley is also keen for Michael Taylor, who has impressed as a substitute this term, to get 90 minutes away from the heat of the league, possibly in a friendly, before throwing him in from the start.

He said: We are a little bit light at the moment but we will have to get by with what we have got. It’s not out of the question that Simon could be available.

“He hasn’t trained much but his thigh’s OK and he could be another option for us.

“Rob Elvins can play there if need be but I think it’s too soon for Michael. It’s early in his career so he’s a better option coming off the bench.”

City are also depleted on the left flank with Danny Edwards (hamstring) still out and Neil Cartwright, who has missed the last two matches with a knee injury, at a wedding.

But Heeley is remaining upbeat as City bid to bounce back from the 2-0 defeat to Corby and achieve further success on the road.

The 5-1 triumph at Histon and 1-0 win at Eastwood in recent weeks have played a big part in helping Worcester to sixth in the table and the manager is confident of doing well in Greater Manchester.

Altrincham, relegated from the Premier along with Histon last season, have not lost at Moss Lane this term but a poor away record has seen them slip to 15th.

“We are full of confidence,” Heeley said. “We know we can beat any team in the league and win away from home, so we will be positive.

“Altrincham are quite a fluent passing side and like to work the ball through midfield. It’s a tough place to go.”

The game could see City come up against former midfielder Simon Richman, who joined Lee Sinnott’s team in the summer to ease travelling from his Liverpool base.