And Shaun Williams is under consideration for Bolton duty having recovered from what could have been a season-ending injury.
Aside from Kieron Freeman and Reeco Hackett, Cowley has the rest of his squad to choose from for tomorrow night’s trip to Bolton (8pm).
While among those at his disposal is Williams, who fractured two bones in his back during a second-half incident against Charlton in January.
Cowley told The News: ‘This is the best it has been post-August. We now have some of the injured players not just back, but some are close to match fitness.
‘Kieron Freeman and Reeco are, as people know, long term, but everybody else is available.
‘Shaun (Williams) has been training throughout this period (since Wycombe), and is ready for Bolton, so that has been a real positive.
‘He’s a very experienced player who has had an outstanding career and, ultimately, loves the game.
‘He has worked really hard behind the scenes to get himself back in a position where not only is he able to get over a nasty back injury, but return to match fitness and is always a good trainer.
‘Shaun’s available for us as we go into a run of games which is ridiculous. It’s five games in 15 days, which is going to be incredibly tough and we need the whole squad.
‘He is 35 but is actually incredibly robust and able to suck up the load of training and games very, very effectively, so we are happy with where he’s at.’
Cowley estimates there are now 18 players to choose from, a significant increase on the 14 senior professionals available on occasions in February and March.
And he’s encouraged over the selection options now at his disposal.
He added: ‘We’ve been able to get some good physical returns from players, particularly the front end of this period.
‘In the last couple of days we’ve been able to taper in and prepare for the Bolton game.
‘We are now in a position where we probably have 18 to pick from – 16 outfield and two goalkeepers – and that’s robust.’
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