Lambert updates on injured players
Town boss Paul Lambert has provided an update on Nolan, Keane, Nsiala, Sears and Bishop as they all are on their road to recovery for first team action.
Jon Nolan has recently been involved in the last two U23 matches and is the closest to return and could be part of the squad facing his former club tomorrow.
“He’s done really well, he did well last Friday against Leeds, for the U23s, he did well in training during the week, so we’ll see how he is [for Saturday].”
When asked if Nolan is more likely to feature on Tuesday against Spurs in the Leasing.com trophy, Lambert replied: “I’ll throw a few of them in for the Tuesday game. We’ll monitor him and see how he feels.”
Another player set to feature on Tuesday is Will Keane: “I’ll see how he is in the next few days, I’m not decided yet,” Lambert continued. “We’ve got to monitor Will and see how he feels. He’s an experienced lad so I’ll have a chat with him.”
Also regarding Tuesdays Leasing.com fixture, Lambert will look into delaying Anthony Georgiou, Armando Dobra and Idris El Mizouni. With Gerogiou on loan from Spurs Lambert is also seeking permission if he can play against his parent club.
“We spoke to their managers, there’s still a wee bit of to-ing and fro-ing on the kids at the minute,” Lambert said. “We’ll hopefully get some solution over the next 48 hours.”
On Nsiala who suffered a hamstring injury in pre-season, Lambert said: “He’s doing great, he trained with us this morning, but obviously he’s not played any games or anything like that. But he’s back with us, which is great,”
“I think it’s great that he’s coming back. He’s a big, strong, powerful lad who does great defending-wise. I’m happy that he’s training with us.”
Freddie Sears has returned to straight-line running this week as he continues his comeback from his ACL injury.
“He’s been really positive, Freddie, every day he comes in and as I’ve said before it’s a terrible injury to get,” Lambert said.
“He was playing so well for us but he’s doing really well and I’m very pleased with his progress.”
“It’s still a long way for him to go but the great thing is that he can see the light at the end of the tunnel, where he thinks he can get back.
Lambert says Teddy Bishop, who suffered a knee injury in pre-season, is also making good progress with his return expected in October.
“He’s alright. Bish is okay,” he added. “He’s doing well and I think he’s in a good place. There’s a whole good feeling around the football club at the minute.”