ANDY Tutte could come back into contention for Wanderers against Salford tonight – with Ian Evatt confirming fitness was not the issue keeping him out of the team.

Dropped after he was substituted at half time during the 4-0 hammering at Leyton Orient, the midfielder has had to be content with a place on the bench for the last two games.

A potential back injury for Antoni Sarcevic could improve Tutte's chances of a start tonight - and asked whether the former Bury man was still finding his way to top condition, Evatt said his choice of central midfielders tends to be dictated by the type of opposition Wanderers will face.

“It’s just horses for courses,” he said. “Our midfield players offer different things.

“Tutte is a very good communicator, sees danger in a defensive role better than the others do. Whereas Tom White will probably receive the ball from the back and build attacks better than Tutte – but that’s not to say he can’t do that.

“We’ll analyse the opposition and what we think their strengths and weaknesses are and pick a team accordingly. Andrew Tutte is very much in the reckoning because he’s a very good player for this level. And hopefully when he gets that next opportunity, he takes it.”

Wanderers and Salford were made promotion favourites before a ball was kicked – a top billing that Evatt was only too happy to play up to in the summer.

The head coach has qualified some of his own expectations in recent weeks but believes top spot should still be the overall aim.

“As much as we sold the dream early on, and I certainly did, we have to believe that we’re going to be the best otherwise there’s no point in turning up in the first place,” he said.

“In hindsight, the things and obstacles and challenges we’re trying to overcome, you are going to get inconsistencies at times but it’s my job to get it right as soon as we possibly can and we’re working really hard.

“There are spells in games where I think we’ve been excellent and really good and scored some very good goals but we’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot making silly mistakes that have cost us goals.”