The 26-year-old, sidelined since sustaining a serious kneeinjury in January, will return to the first-team squad for the trip to Newport on Saturday if he comes through a midweek reserve game unscathed.
"It will be a tough fight to get back in the team," he told the Bristol Evening Post. "But it is a challenge I am looking forward to after being unable to play for so long because of injury.
"There is a lot more competition for those places at the heart of defence at the moment, but it can only be a good thing for the club to have so many able defenders about the place.
"It has been a long road, but I've worked hard over the summer to get myself back in contention and I can't wait to get going again."
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- Tom Parkes