Captain Tom Bullard cannot wait to return and help Bury Town’s young side end their recent slide at home to Margate tomorrow (3pm).
The Blues have lost their last four — all without scoring — with skipper Bullard and centre-half partner Adam Bailey-Dennis sidelined through suspension for three of them.
While former Braintree Town defender Bailey-Dennis must sit out one more match, along with winger Danny Cunningham, Bullard returns to the team having not played a match for a month.
“It’s hard when you are watching” said Bullard. “When you are losing, it’s not very good — you want to be out there helping.”
Eight of Bury’s expected starting XI for tomorrow’s Ryman Premier match will be 22 years of age or less.
Despite the inexperience of this Bury side, Bullard believes another good run — like the one they had through December and January — is just around the corner.
“I have got all the confidence in this team — we just need a goal,” he said. “We got on a run of 10 games and the only player we’ve lost since then has been Russell Short.
“It’s always difficult when you are losing, but the team spirit is still there.
“Everyone is working hard, trying to get things going again.”
Although Bullard is back and Bailey-Dennis and Cunningham just one match away from a return, the Blues will lose Joe Whight (one match) and Seb Dunbar (three matches) after their dismissals against Enfield Town last Tuesday.
Winger Jordan Patrick continues to struggle with an ankle problem and will be assessed ahead of the game.
“We’ve lost twice to teams in the bottom four over our last two games and confidence is draining,” said manager Richard Wilkins. “We need to try and get somebody in to give us a bit of a buzz.”