Ben Harding is one of three Cobblers players that have been declared fit for the visit of Wycombe Wanderers to Sixfields on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Leading goalscorer Adebayo Akinfenwa and influential midfielder Chris Hackett both trained on Thursday after recovering from a midweek illness.
But there was bad news for John Johnson, who has re-injured his left knee and will undergo a second operation of the season to correct the problem, putting him out of first-team action until January.
Also missing until that point will be David Artell (Achilles) and Luke Guttridge (broken metatarsal), while Alex Nicholls is out for at least nine months with a broken leg.
Louis Moult serves the final game of a three-match suspension for his red card at York City earlier this month.
The return of Hackett, Harding and Akinfenwa will enhance manager Aidy Boothroyd’s selection options but also prevent him with some dilemmas - Lewis Wilson and Ishmel Demontagnac had their best games for the club in the FA Cup defeat at Bradford City on Tuesday night and 17-year-old Lewis Hornby has been a breath of fresh air after graduating from the youth ranks to the senior side.