East Fife’s enforced lay-off has allowed some of the club’s key, experienced players to return from injury.
The Methil squad was beginning to creak in recent weeks as injuries bit the club.
With Queen’s Park, East Fife’s scheduled opponents, playing a Scottish Cup tie with Forfar two weekends ago and a subsequent replay on Saturday, it left the Bayview club kicking its heels on the sidelines.
However, the lay-off has had its positives, with boss Gary Naysmith allowing those who have played a prominaent part in this campaign to relax with their families and also give others with injuries an extra period to recover.
As a result, the gaffer can now welcome back some key players ahead of tonight’s (Tuesday) fixture with the Spiders.
Boss Naysmith said: “What it means is that we have Kevin Smith, Allan Walker, Kieran MacDonald and Stevie Campbell all back and in contention again.
“Apart from Kieran the other lads are all short of match practice, but the only way they’ll get that is by playing.”
Those players may be given an opportunity to get some minutes in the tank tonight as Queen’s Park visit.
A win for Naysmith’s side will see them leapfrog their visitors and back into the play-off zone.
“I’ve said before that I think Gus MacPherson (Queen’s Park manager) has turned them into one of the best football teams in the league,” said the manager.
“They try to play the right way and it should make for a really good game.
“But we have the incentive of knowing a win will take us to three points off the lead.”