WITTON Albion can count on help from a familiar face to cover injury absences after borrowing Ben Harrison from Altrincham.

The defender has agreed a return to his home-town club for a month-long loan and could make his first appearance in the team’s colours since December 2014 when Stafford Rangers visit Wincham Park tomorrow night.

Now 28, he has been restricted by a persistent knee ligament injury to just a handful of appearances for the Robins since they secured promotion to the National League North at the end of last season.

He hasn’t featured for them since leaving the field on a stretcher during the opening period of a 2-1 win at FC United of Manchester back on February 9.

Harrison, who made more than 200 starts for Witton before a transfer to Cheshire neighbours Nantwich Town, also had a temporary spell with Trafford in the Northern Premier League’s West Division earlier this term.

He will initially fill in for Luke Offord, a teenager on loan from Crewe Alexandra who sustained an injury in training last week that manager Carl Macauley reports could rule him out for a fortnight.

However Albion can call again on the versatile youngster, impressive during five games so far, once he recovers after the League Two side extended an arrangement between the clubs until the end of the current campaign.