PLYMOUTH Argyle goalkeeper Jake Cole has made ‘significant improvement’ since suffering a leg injury in the FA Cup clash against Welling United on Saturday.
Cole is off crutches and could be available for the League Two trip to second-placed Chesterfield this weekend.
The 28-year-old suffered bad bruising to his shin and ankle in the FA Cup second round tie at Home Park.
Cole was hurt when Welling midfielder Kurtis Guthrie slid into him as he chased the ball.
Guthrie was booked for the challenge, and his team-mate Joe Healy was also yellow-carded for protesting about that decision.
Cole received lengthy treatment but had to be replaced by Luke McCormick in the 73rd minute.
Argyle physio Paul Atkinson told Herald Sport: “He has made significant improvement since the weekend.
“Jake is feeling a lot better and the leg is bearing his weight.”
Cole has started all six of Argyle’s games in cup competitions this season but has played only once in League Two.
McCormick has been the first choice ‘keeper for the Pilgrims this season.
Defender Maxime Blanchard also had to be substituted in the second half against Welling because of an ankle injury.
Atkinson had an equally positive update about him.
“Max is also making good progress,” he said.
“Hopefully, if things continue as they are, both (Cole and Blanchard) will be ready to be in contention for the weekend.”