BRAD WALKER could still play again for Wrexham this season.

The midfielder, on loan from Shrewsbury Town, has not featured since sustaining a hamstring injury in the 1-0 defeat at promotion rivals Leyton Orient on March 9.

But Bryan Hughes revealed Walker is making good progress and is due to step up his rehabilitation at the League One club, managed by former Reds boss Sam Ricketts, this week.

Wrexham have three games left this term, culminating in the home clash with Harrogate Town on April 27, before the play-offs and Hughes hopes Walker is available.

"Brad has picked up his rehab at Shrewsbury which is great news for us," said Hughes.

"He is getting put through a bit more intense regime this week I understand so I think this is going to be a critical week for Brad in his rehab, and we will probably know more next week.

"But fingers crossed we might see him again."

Wrexham have had to deal with the loss of key players for long periods this season.

Manny Smith picked up a serious knee injury in August and remains sidelined after suffering a set-back, while fellow centre-back Jake Lawlor is set to miss the rest of the campaign after dislocating his shoulder in the win over Braintree on April 6.

"We have lost key individuals at critical times," said Hughes.

"The players are first team players, critical ones in our team, and they are big misses going forwards.

"Jake, Manny has been a big miss, Brad has been consistent throughout the season and a big void to fill, he doesn't get the praise he deserves because he goes a bit unnoticed at times in there.

"We are going to miss them guys but it gives people chances to step up, especially at this stage of the season.

"This is when you want to be playing when we are guaranteed play-offs.

"Now it is about playing with that belief and that swagger, and showing teams and showing people that we deserve to be there."

But Luke Summerfield, out since the end of January with a calf problem, made his comeback as a late substitute in Saturday's 2-1 win at Barnet and Hughes reported no new injury worries.

"It is nice to have no fresh injuries from the weekend!" added Hughes.