Exeter City are set to welcome Sam Parkin back to the fold for their weekend trip to Scunthorpe United.
The 32-year-old frontman has missed the Grecians last four matches due to a hamstring problem
“Sam Parkin will hopefully be fit for Saturday. he has started full-time training, but I don’t know if he will start of not yet,” Tisdale said.
“With the two games coming up, I don’t know what I will do on that, but I think he will be involved on Saturday one way or the other.
“Sam is a big player for us and the whole thing just gives us more balance again. He gives us a lot of options.
“We did well to get through the four games, we have won two and lost two with him missing, so we did OK without him. But it will be nice to have him back.”
City are also boosted by the return of Jon O’Flynn, who also spent time out with a hamstring problem, but he returned as a substitute in last Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Hartlepool United. His return was well timed with another striker, Jamie Reid, picking up an injury in training last week.
“Jamie has picked up a groin strain and he is in for a scan today,” Tisdale said. “I don’t think it is anything serious, but it has prevented him from training.”
However, while Tisdale is boosted by the return of two key frontmen, there are problems elsewhere. Matt Oakley missed Saturday’s game with an ankle injury, while Danny Butterfield limped out before 25 minutes had elapsed with a calf strain.
Tisdale was disappointed but not surprised by the injury with Butterfield joining a number of players past and present to pick up a muscular injury so soon after joining.
“Danny will be out for about a fortnight before he will start training again, which is a real shame,” Tisdale said.
“He is the perfect fit for what we need, but I think the point is that the propensity for this type of muscular injury is higher than normal when you haven’t been in a routine at a club.
“He had a summer where he was waiting for a contract at places and he has just lost his routine and it is amazing the effect that has on the body.
“It was always a danger in the first month and you will remember Craig Woodman last year played against Morecambe and then missed two or three weeks.
“Whether you are fit or not, the change of surface, change of routine, driving home to see the family – all the things the person on the terrace wouldn’t normally consider – completely changes your routine.
“It’s like a leaky roof. The water will find a crack somewhere and the first month or so, you are praying that these players get through it.
“It does happen when a player joins a club and changes their routine. If you can get through the month, you will be OK, but Danny just pulled his calf and will be out for a few weeks unfortunately.
“I remember Barry Corr did it, Craig Woodman, Ben Watson and Danny Coles did it at Dorchester in pre-season when he joined us. It does crop up a lot. There is no science to it, it is just one of those things that happens.”
Meanwhile, the Grecians face Exmouth Town in the second round of the Devon St Luke’s Bowl at St James’ Park on Wednesday night (7.30pm).
The winners face an away tie at Plymouth Argyle in the quarter-finals and entry is £4 for adults and £1 for under-18s.