HARRY Kewell will be able to call on the services of George Blackwood for the trip to Tranmere.

The Australian forward has not featured since the end of November due to injury but could make his Latics return at Prenton Park.

The game will however come too soon for fellow striker Zak Dearnley who has endured a stop-start campaign.

“George Blackwood is ready which is excellent news,” Kewell told The Oldham Times at his pre-match press conference.

“He’s looking great but Zak’s just not ready yet.”

Blackwood scored two goals in 10 appearances after his summer arrival from Adelaide United and was ruled out just as he was hitting his stride in League Two.

Dearnley has struggled with hamstring problems but has still managed six goals in his 18 outings this season.

Coupled with Danny Rowe’s departure to Bradford in the January transfer window, the duo’s absence has left Kewell light on out-and-out strikers in recent weeks with Bobby Grant tasked with leading the line on occasion.

The Wrexham loanee was on target at Forest Green, as was Conor McAleny whose two goals took him to 16 for the season in all competitions.

Elsewhere, Arsenal loan man Harry Clarke is contention to face Tranmere after missing Tuesday night’s defeat at the New Lawn.