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Defender set to return to training on Thursday

Centre-back could be in contention for Saturday's match

27 March 2019

Will Nightingale is making good progress from the knee injury that he suffered against Southend United recently.

In his weekly update from the treatment room, our physio Stuart Douglas reported that the defender is likely to be back in full training on Thursday, ahead of Saturday’s important match at Scunthorpe United.

"We’ve been using a cryotherapy system on Will’s knee,” said Stuart. “You put ice in the machine and it’s electric, so it keeps the ice constant all the way through. This is just to cool his muscles and his joints down. It aids recovery. Will has been doing functional rehab work outside with Jason and he worked with me at the end yesterday.

“He did really well and hopefully he will join in training on Thursday, but I think I will need to strap his knee. Then we will see how he gets on during training on Thursday and Friday, so that will determine if he’s available at the weekend. At the moment, the signs are good. Initially, we were concerned that he may have damaged the MCL, but the MRI scan came back and it was positive. He had bone bruising and it was more of a sheer force injury, which is good news because Will has had his fair share of bad luck, so that was great news."

Deji Oshilaja is continuing to progress well in his recuperation from a foot injury. Though Deji yesterday received treatment for stiffness in his back, he could be in contention for the match at Scunthorpe on Saturday.

Tommy Wood, who has been on loan at Burgess Hill Town and scored the winner on his debut against Kingstonian, missed Saturday’s game against Margate due to a groin injury, but he is due to return to training on Thursday.

Egli Kaja last week had an intracapsular injection into his knee, but he yesterday stepped up his recovery work under the guidance of Jason Moriarty and Stuart Douglas.

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