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Wally has extra forward options for Wycombe test

Manager's interview for iFollow

20 December 2018

Wally Downes today confirmed that strikers James Hanson and Kwesi Appiah are both in contention to return for Saturday’s League One match at Wycombe Wanderers.

Hanson was only deemed fit enough for a cameo appearance at Charlton after suffering from illness, but he’s trained all week since. Kwesi Appiah has also recovered from a hamstring injury and he played in a behind-closed-doors match on Tuesday.

Speaking during an interview for iFollow, Wally said: “I had Kwesi in at the weekend doing some extra training, to make sure he gave a full-on 90-minute performance at Southampton during the week, which he did. The boys went down with him and watched the game, so that he could put in maximum effort. He certainly comes into the equation for this weekend. James Hanson got on for 20 minutes last week and he has had a full week of training since then, so he is available for selection as well.”

In addition, Wally brought us up to date with the situations of injured pair Deji Oshilaja (ankle) and Joe Pigott (thigh). Our manager also reported that illness had hit the squad this week at the training ground.

“Joe and Deji were more long-term, but they are coming along as expected,” added Wally. “They are responding well to treatment, but there are no deadlines for getting them back. They are going to be back sooner, rather than later.

“Jake Jervis was missing this week, along with Rod McDonald, Mitch Pinnock, and even our Sports Scientist. They’ve struggled, but they’ve been out there today. Apart from Mitch, the others are available for selection.”

Of course, Mitch Pinnock is suspended for one game after his red card against Charlton Athletic.

Visit our iFollow channel for a full interview with Wally ahead of Wycombe.

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