Cameron Toshack is confident Jack Withers will soon be ready to make a long-awaited Swansea City debut.
Central defender Withers signed for the Swans from Boston United back in January but immediately returned to his former club on loan for the rest of the season.
Withers then linked up with the Swans in the summer - but the 6ft 4in youngster sustained a shoulder injury during pre-season that he has been battling to recover from ever since.
Withers has now returned to full training with the Swans' development squad and Toshack has been pleased with the steps the 18-year-old has made.
“Jack’s making good progress and we’re hopeful that he will be play in the near future,” Toshack said.
“He linked up with us during pre-season and was very unfortunate to pick up an injury that meant he was out of the group for quite some time.
“He has been back training with us for a couple of weeks, though, and we’re hopeful that he’s getting back up to pace.
“Moving forward, Jack will certainly add another option to the jigsaw."
The under-23s are in action at Landore on Saturday when they face Wolves in the Premier League Cup (noon).