MARK Trueman expects to see Lee Novak featuring again for City this season.

Novak has been out for a month with a knee injury he suffered in training.

City’s seven-goal top scorer was back at Apperley Bridge today for the first time.

Trueman is not putting a timescale on his return but hopes to see the striker back in contention before too long.

The interim boss said: “There have been a lot of games called off that have had to be rescheduled. That’s a positive for Lee and hopefully we’ll get him back for some of those.

“He’s been with the specialist and this was his first time back in the building.

“That’s allowed the medical staff to gather more information and we’ll know a bit more on that after today.

“We’ve got to build him up and hopefully have him back around the squad when the time is right.

“I wouldn’t say the injury was too serious but it was a different one that put him out slightly.

“It couldn’t be dealt with by our physios, so the specialist had to have a look.

“We had to make sure he’s in the right hands to prepare to get back on the training pitch.”

Bryce Hosannah is also set to step up his recovery from the hamstring problem that has kept him out since mid-December.

Trueman confirmed that City were not taking any risks with the on-loan Leeds defender.

“Bryce is getting closer. He hasn’t had a setback but we’ve got to be 100 per cent sure before he returns to full training.

“We’re going to take a little bit more time with him but hopefully he’ll be back in at the back end of next week.”