Jack Redshaw is not expected to be unleashed from the start when Morecambe travel to Mansfield on Saturday.
The striker looked bright when he came off the bench for the final 20 minutes of the 0-0 draw with York City at the Globe Arena on Tuesday night.
But Shrimps boss Jim Bentley is treading carefully with last season’s top goal scorer who hasn’t started a game this season after hip surgery.
Bentley said: “He’s not started a game since last season. He came off the bench in the pre-season game he got injured in and he’s had eight minutes at Burton before we had to manage him a little.
“He came on on Tuesday and looked sharp, got a good 20 minutes and we’ve just got to build him up slowly.
“And the other thing is expectation. We’ve been struggling to score goals but it’s not just going to be Jack Redshaw’s back, he’s the quick fix, he’s going start putting the ball in the back of the net.
“It doesn’t work like that but we’ll do right by him and he’ll play a part on Saturday.
“There is a reserve team game on Monday (against Tranmere Rovers at the Globe Arena) that he’ll certainly be involved in and that could be his first start.”
His first home appearance of the season saw Redshaw link up with Jack Sampson, another second-half replacement.
And with almost a fully fit squad to choose from for the trip to the One Call Stadium, Bentley admits he is pleased with what he has at his disposal.
He said: “When you’re building a squad, even a small one, you’ve got to try and get the blend right.
“Youth and experience, power, pace and strength. When they’re all fit as they are now I think there’s good signs for the future.
“Little Jack and big Jack show’d they can play as a front two so we can play 4-4-2, we do like 4-3-3 and we know from past games that the three at the back works well for us.
“Obviously the personnel has changed a little so there’s work to be done on it.
“But there’s options and it’s a nice selection headache.
“It’s good at the end of week that you can freshen one or two things up because it’s been a difficult couple of games.
“We’ll see what’s what but everyone’s raring to go.”