Lambert to use squad in upcoming games

Town boss Paul Lambert is set to utilise his squad over the next two fixtures. Town face fellow promotion rivals Fleetwood Town on Saturday and then host Gillingham in the Leasing.com on Tuesday.

When asked about the how the squad is looking, Lambert replied: “We’ve got a couple of games in the next few days so most guys will play on either Saturday or Tuesday.

“We try to pick a team to win a game.

“The lads have been great whether they’re in or out and they’ve been really, really good.

“They’re keeping their fitness up whatever happens rather than just training, training and training with nothing to show for it. They’ve been great and I can’t praise them high enough.”

One player who is set to return is striker Will Keane, the former Hull man missed last weekends win against Tranmere with a slight groin strain.

“We’ll see how he is in the next couple of days if this one’s too soon I don’t know, but I’ll see how he is,” 

Another player who will be getting minutes, probably on Tuesday, is defender Toto Nsiala who has recovered from his hamstring injury.

“He’s doing really well,” Lambert said. “Again, I’ll see how he does as well so [he’ll play] either this one or Tuesday.” 

Regarding those still out longer term, Lambert says Teddy Bishop, Freddie Sears and Jack Lankester are all making progress but are still a fair way off a return.

“The guys are doing great, Freddie, Teddy and Jack but they haven’t trained,” he added. “They’re with the fitness guys and the medical team, and the next step is to come in with us, but they haven’t done that.

“Hopefully, it won’t be in the too distant future, but they’re still a good bit away from playing first-team football, but they’re doing really well.”

Lambert will make wholesale changes for the Gillingham game with Jordan Roberts set your start after scoring two in the last game against Spurs U21s but hasn’t grumbled with a lack of action since.

“He’s been fine,” he said. “He’s trained well, and he’s not given us one bit of problem with it.

“He’ll understand that it’s difficult to get in the side when everybody is at a really high level, but training-wise there haven’t been any issues.” 
  
Is he still in his thoughts? “Yeah, everybody is whether you’re not playing or you’re on the bench. I need everybody. I said that before, the football club will only have success if everybody goes the same way.”

Lambert says, as was the case with the Tottenham match, he’s hoping that Armando Dobra and Idris El Mizouni’s departure for international duty can be delayed so they can play in the Leasing.com Trophy.

“We’re in dialogue with their national teams at the minute,” he said. “If I can keep them here then great, then I’ll look at them on Tuesday.” 
  
Lambert reiterated that he is no fan of the competition: “I’ll say it again, when games aren’t good and people say the quality isn’t good, we have too many games in this country, far too many.

“And it’s another competition where if you’re in it you try and win it, but for me, it isn’t the most important thing.”

Regarding the Wycombe game Lambert said he had no hesitation in postponing the game.

“No, we have too many players missing,” Lambert said. “Maybe Downes, maybe Dozzell, maybe Judge, maybe Dobra, maybe Idris and Anthony, so there’s six right away.

“It’s too many for me to go and treat any lightly or any game with contempt – I won’t do it, I’ll go with my strongest possible hand to play. Those lads being away is too many.”

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