Bury have been boosted by the news that on loan defender Tom Lees agreed to extend his temporary spell from Leeds United until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old, who has just signed a new contract at Elland Road, has played 24 times for the Shakers this season. However, along with teammate David Worrell he is hoping to shake off the Swine Flu virus and play against Macclesfield on Saturday.
Bury boss Alan Knill has urged his side to build on their strong first half of the season and "kick on" in the new year. The Shakers have challenged for promotion in the past two years and Knill is confident that they can make it third time lucky and go all the way.
Knill said: "Even though we only played once in December we are still in the top three and we have to kick on now." He hopes that both Lees and Worrell make it in time.
But he is still undecided about whether to play goalkeeper Cameron Belford in the match after his recovery from a fractured cheekbone.
Said Knill: “I am still undecided with Cameron because, although he has been training with us for the last three or four weeks, I would have preferred him to have 90 minutes under his belt. It seems daft to be talking about match fitness with a keeper, but I do think it is important.”
Knill has urged his players to grasp the opportunity of promotion with both hands as his side resume their campaign.
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