Lewis Buxton continued on the comeback trail by storing an hour under the belt during the Under-21s’ home game against Barnsley on Monday.
The Middlewood Road clash ended 2-0 to the visitors but for Buxton, the fixture represented a significant stepping stone on the route to full fitness.
Coach Lee Bullen said: “It was great to see Lewis back out there and for him to get an hour to his name is a positive.
“I thought he acquitted himself really well, he was up and down the line and got some decent challenges in.
“The plan was always to give Lewis an hour.
"It’s hard work even for a player of Lewis’ experience to come back into a game environment after a long period out and as I say, I thought he handled himself well.”