LOUIE Soares is closing in on a return to Hayes & Yeading action.
The former Grimsby Town and Aldershot Town star is yet to feature for United since putting pen to paper earlier this month.
He has been struggling with a knee injury picked up in United’s final pre-season fixture ahead of the new season but is now close to a return to fitness.
Soares played 30 minutes in a behind-closed-doors match on Tuesday night as he continues his recovery process.
Saturday’s trip to Eastleigh may come too soon for the midfielder, with fellow United winger Luke Williams expected to remain on the treatment table for a further two weeks.
Jake Reid is expected to make the trip down the M3 after recovering from illness.