Gillingham is hoping to have a few more players in training this week – but the news about loaned Watford midfielder Dan Phillips isn’t all that good.
Phillips hasn’t played a league game since a red card at Shrewsbury over a month ago and it’s still unclear when he’ll be back.
There is better news for Mustapha Carayol and Ryan Jackson however, both are expected to be back in training today (Monday). It may be too early for either to be involved in the EFL Trophy match with Ipswich tomorrow (Tuesday), but they could be in contention for the weekend at Wycombe.
Assistant boss Paul Raynor updated the injury situation, saying: “Ryan and Muzzy have to return to full training on Monday. Maybe Tuesday is too early for them, we can’t take any chances with such a small team. , we can’t risk them breaking down and back to square one, but these two will be in the middle of training with more than one eye on Wycombe.
“We were just seeing Muzzy gain momentum, but with the last kick in training he’s pulling a thigh muscle, it happens, but he was just starting to show what a player he is. These things are being sent. to test you and we’ve been tested, especially the last few weeks, but we’re digging and if they’re not in shape for Tuesday, then maybe Saturday. “
Loan man Phillips is still in trouble, however.
Raynor said: “He’s been at Watford and it will be a bit more long term with Dan. He’s also in good hands with the guys at Watford, he’s also here for his rehab work. Watford is looking at that one. there and it always looks like it’ll take maybe four weeks. “
The Gills managed to get Vadaine Oliver out onto the pitch against Wigan this weekend, although Raynor admitted he was not completely over the rib injury that made him doubtful.
“He was successful but I don’t think he was 100%,” Gills’ assistant said. “He told us he was and he was desperate to play, that’s typical of V, you never know, you have to trust what they say and he was desperate but it was a little painful.
“He wanted to be there and wanted to give everything but I don’t think he was quite at his best, maybe with that head injury, but he still gave us everything and was a handful.”
Stuart O’Keefe returned after a shoulder injury, but he wasn’t in great shape either.
Raynor said: “We had to push him on serve and a push he could have continued but we didn’t really want him, he still felt his shoulder a little bit. He wanted to be there, he said to himself. fit, he said a little sore, so there is in your mind to err on the side of caution. “
Midfielder Alex MacDonald managed Saturday’s game despite a deep cut to his leg that was repaired during the game. The injury, caused by the crampons of an opposing player, was reattached.
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