CLOVIS Kamdjo is set to end 14 months on the sidelines by playing for York City reserves at Grimsby on Tuesday.

The former Forest Green utility man suffered cruciate ligament damage during the 1-1 National League draw at Eastleigh back in November 2016.

But he has now completed his rehabilitation programme and will make his return to action against the Mariners’ second string, with sporting director Dave Penney revealing: “He’s had the OK from the specialist and is back training with us.

“He will play in Tuesday’s reserve game at Grimsby, although probably just for 45 minutes and it might take him five to ten games to get him back right after the amount of time he’s been out.”

Former captain Simon Heslop is also still training with the Minstermen, despite telling manager Martin Gray that he no longer wanted to play for the club prior to a one-month loan spell at Eastleigh.

But Penney added that the club are now hoping for a swift resolution in terms of his future, saying: “He did very well at Eastleigh and they wanted to extend his loan, but he didn’t want to because I think he’s looking for a permanent move.

“He’s still here training with us, but we need to sort out his situation, because he’s got 18 months left on his contract and he can’t be waiting around for that length of time. He needs to play football and he’s more than good enough, as he’s shown by playing five games a league higher.”

Jonny Burn's loan stay from Bristol Rovers, meanwhile, has been extended until the end of the season and Penney stated that “the indications are good”, that Middlesbrough midfielder Alex Pattison will follow suit.

Teenage keeper Ryan Whitley will also remain with Whitby Town for the rest of the campaign on the same basis and Penney declared: “It’s great for him, as an 18-year-old, to be playing men’s football.

“It will certainly toughen him up when he comes back next season to push on here.”