Former England winger Tom Beim is set to return for Pertemps Bees in their Powergen Trophy sixth-round tie against Otley at Sharmans Cross Road on Saturday.
Beim, a summer recruit from Viadana, has not played since he suffered a recurrence of a groin injury in the National One defeat at Bedford three weeks ago.
The injury forced Beim to withdraw from the Barbarians' side for last week's Remembrance Day fixture against the Combined Services at Newbury but he is optimistic of playing against Otley, who were beaten 22-19 by Pertemps Bees in a National One game at Cross Green last Saturday.
The former Sale and Gloucester player will have a precuationary fitness test and is likely to face Otley at fullback to allow Dave Knight to move up to centre.
Prop Reuben Leilau is also hopeful of being fit after missing the league game at Otley because of a neck injury.
Bees recalled Emyr Lewis from a loan spell with Nuneaton to cover for Andrew Le Chevalier and Adrian Olver but the young prop is not eligible for Saturday's game as he is cup-tied having appeared for Nuneaton in the Powergen National Trophy.
Centre Mike Davies might also rejoin the squad after two weeks out with a rib injury sustained in the 61-10 victory at Cleckheaton in the last round of the Trophy. n The Mobbs Memmorial Match between East Midlands and the Barbarians will be returning to Bedford's Goldington Road ground this season, with a 7pm kick-off on Wednesday March 15.
The showpiece fixture alternated between Goldington Road and Northampton's Franklin's Gardens until 1957 after which it was played annually at Northampton.
But the match returned to Goldington Road in March after a gap of 48 years. A sizeable crowd watched East Midlands make the Barbarians work hard for a 48-17 victory.
The Mobbs Memorial Match was first played in 1921 to commemorate Edgar Mobbs, a former Northampton and England winger, who was killed in action in the First World War.