Fleetwood left-back Dean Howell is closing in on a return to action.

The 31-year-old has been sidelined for a fortnight after sustaining an ankle injury in the win over York.

However, after stepping up his recovery, Howell is not far away from a comeback.

"My recovery is progressing really well and I'm at the point of joining in training. It's been a good two weeks working with our physio team," Howell told the club's official website.

"There was some ligament damage but I've healed really well. I'm very pleased with my progress and, fingers crossed, I'll carry on the same way to recovery."