Garbutt set to return but Keane and Nsiala won’t be rushed back
Town boss Paul Lambert has revealed Luke Garbutt is back in training following the knee injury but Lambert believes Toto Nsiala and Will Keane are both in need of more time before returning to first-team action.
Garbutt has not featured since the Sunderland fixture on the 10th August, after scoring his second goal in two games since joining the club.
“He’s trained fully the other day and has done really well so he’s not too far from it, Luke,” Lambert said of Garbutt.
“I’m happy he’s back, he started the season fantastically for us. I’m glad he’s, he’ll be another really good player in different positions.”
Keane and Nsiala both played an hour for the Under 23s on Monday evening but Lambert is not considering either one of them for first-team duty yet.
“They’ve done fine, the lads,” Lambert added. “The squad is getting stronger and lads coming back from injury is a bonus.
“Maybe not quite up to speed for first-team level at the minute but the great thing is that they’re back out there and that’s the pleasing thing.”
When pressed if Keane will be making his second Town debut sooner rather than later, Lambert replied: “I’m not sure. He’s done OK. He had a really bad injury at Sheffield United. I’ll wait and see how he is,”
A big plus for Town is that Emyr Huws has been involved in all first-team fixtures in some capacity so far this campaign.
“He’s doing well, he’s doing alright, he trained again the other day. We just have to get him through games at the minute,” the Blues boss said.
“He’s doing really well and hopefully he does have a sustained period where he can keep going Saturday, Saturday, Saturday or Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday.
“I think he’s still a wee bit off that just because of the time he’s been out but he’s doing really, really well.”
Lambert is still awaiting pair Alan Judge and Anthony Georgiou to return following international duty. “A couple of lads are still not back yet, so they’ll comeback tomorrow and we’ll see how we are.”
Another player who has been away on international duty is Armando Dobra, the youngster impressing in Towns Leasing.com victory over Spurs, is a first league start upcoming for the youngster:
He did [impress] but you can’t put too much pressure on him. He’s got a helluva way to go to get through a lot of them and to get in the side.
“But what he has shown me is that I can trust him, same as Idris [El Mizouni] I can trust him to play first-team games. But it’s a big ask to put him right in when lads are playing really well themselves.”