STEVEN Hogg will be fit enough to face Blue Square Premier leaders Burton Albion at KitKat Crescent tomorrow (3pm).

The 23-year-old midfielder missed Sunday’s dismal 2-1 home defeat to Altrincham with a tight thigh muscle, but has recovered in time to figure against Nigel Clough’s men.

Hogg is not the only player in the frame for a recall as manager Martin Foyle considers freshening up the team for City’s first game of the New Year.

Right-back Ben Purkiss is the only injury concern with a stomach problem, but the defender is expected to retain his place despite missing training this week.

About his options, Foyle said: “There could be a few players coming into contention. It might mean chopping and changing, but I can’t hang around when performances go up and down. You have to get the shirt and keep it.”

The Minstermen are unlikely to field any new signings on the day the transfer window reopens with Foyle suggesting that because FA Trophy and Setanta Shield ties follow Tuesday’s trip to Weymouth, he might be better off waiting until mid-January before adding to the squad.

He said: “We need to be a bit careful as we could bring in players straight away who are not eligible for some matches.

“I am currently speaking to the chairman and I need to know whether we have got any funds so I can change things around. We should have with Bruce Dyer and Gavin Rothey having left.”

Rushden striker Daryl Clare has been linked to the Minstermen and, while there is no plans to pursue his services yet, Foyle said he would not discount a move for the 30-year-old.

The City boss added: “I wouldn’t rule him out at all.”