Glyn Hodges said he is awaiting clarification of Will Nightingale’s injury after our captain was unable to join in with the rest of the squad today.
As part of his Thursday update from the training ground, Glyn informed us about the fitness of several players, including centre-back Rod McDonald, who was back in light training today.
When asked for the latest on Will’s situation, Glyn said: “He went out today hoping to be in contention, but he has had to come in, so I’m just waiting to hear exactly what the injury is and how long it will be. It’s a hip problem he’s got and we will just wait and see how long that takes. Terell also missed training today with a knock, but he’s done a physical work-out instead, so I’m hoping he will be okay for Saturday.
“Rod is back out there on the grass now and working so his return will be soon. It was good to see Rod. When you are on a run like this and the lads are enjoying their football with the fans getting behind them, it’s a good place to be. When they are injured and see the performances of the team they are itching to get back. It’s a carrot for them to return and Rod is out there working hard. Hopefully, it won’t be long for him.”
Will had an injection administered to the hip joint that’s causing him problems and our medical team are monitoring his progress after that. Michael Folivi is making good strides from a strain to his lower abdominals, but Saturday may come too soon for his return and Adam Roscrow (thigh) is still ruled out. Luke O’Neill is making good progress from the calf injury he suffered earlier this month and he is awaiting the green light from our medical team to start light training.
“It’s been good to see Michael out there,” added Glyn. “If he’s not ready for this weekend, then hopefully it will be next weekend. It’s not a long-term thing. It’s just about making sure he gets rid of all the pain and is ready to go.
“Luke should be out on the grass again soon, as he is over the worst with his injury. Fingers-crossed, it goes well with him and we have a big, strong squad with players champing at the bit to play.”
Callum Reilly is also doubtful for Saturday after suffering a groin strain.
Look out soon for Glyn’s full interview ahead of Portsmouth.