Jamie Hopcutt, Ousseynou Cisse and Sam Hart will be pushing for a start when Oldham host Port Vale on Saturday.
All three players have been long-term absentees for Latics but have been named among the substitutes in recent matches.
Hopcutt has made a pair of appearances from the bench in Oldham’s last two matches, while Hart came on for his first outing since August in Tuesday’s 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Ipswich.
Cisse, meanwhile, has not had any game time since August.
Port Vale have been dealt a setback with the news that striker James Wilson faces a “substantial period” on the sidelines.
Wilson suffered a broken foot in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at home to Bradford.
Jamie Proctor is nearing a return from injury, although the trip to Oldham is likely to come too soon.
Vale will also be without defender Nathan Smith as he serves a one-match ban.
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