FALKIRK, sitting nine points clear at the top of the SFLs First Division, travel to Paisley tomorrow to face St Mirren boosted by the return to the squad of midfielder Brent Rahim.
The Trinidad & Tobago player has been unavailable for large parts of the season due to his extensive international commitments.
"Its like having a new player available to me," said Bairns boss John Hughes.
"Brents been away with his national team for long periods this season as they have had an intensive World Cup qualifying campaign.
"He also had family problems back in Trinidad but hes back now and hes fully fit. Hes been looking very good in training and hes ready to fight for his place in the team.
"Ive got Brent ready to come back but Ive also got talented youngsters like Ryan McStay and Ian McSween working hard on the training pitch. You can only keep them out for so long and they have to be given their chance at some stage.
"Inevitably, someones going to be disappointed but competition for places is essential and it can prove to be a great motivator as can be seen from the way weve been playing lately."
St Mirren are the only team to have beaten Falkirk in the league this season, Gus McPhersons men having taken the points in the previous Love Street clash between the sides back in August.
Hughes feels this will provide additional motivation as the Bairns seek to extend their impressive lead at the top of the table.
He reports no injury problems for the game, Russell Latapy having shaken off a flu virus and Craig McPherson having recovered from a hamstring problem.