James Mayne is set to return to the Ilfracombe Town squad for tonight's match at Buckland Athletic in the Toolstation Western League.
The captain has not played since injuring his ankle at Bristol Manor Farm on the opening day of the season.
With just one win from their first nine games in the Premier Division, Ilfracombe have lacked Mayne's leadership in defence.
"He is the talker and organiser of the team and that has been missed," said Ross Middleton, the manager.
After a 6-0 defeat at Gillingham Town on Saturday, Combe are set for another stern test against their Devon rivals.
In August, Buckland turned in the style at Marlborough Park, winning 5-0 with goals from Dan Griffiths (two), Danny Gaze, Ellis Laight and Jamie Micklewright.