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INJURY UPDATE: PLYMOUTH

8 October 2020

MICHAEL Bostwick, Luke Varney, and Neal Eardley are all back in training and aiming to be fit to face Plymouth on Saturday.

The Brewers will also be boosted by the return of Steven Lawless who had to self-isolate, missing Tuesday night’s EFL Trophy game with Cambridge.

But Lucas Akins, who suffered an ankle injury on Tuesday and John-Joe O’Toole who is struggling to shake off a dead leg may miss the long trip south as will Ben Fox, who is now having to self-isolate after his girlfriend was sent home from work.

Buxton said: “Michael and Neal part trained today and joined in for 75 per cent of the session. If they feel OK they will join in the session tomorrow morning. Luke did all the session, so he will be available for selection on Saturday.

“Stephen Quin has trained today, and he looked fresh after missing Tuesday so he’s available for selection.

“Steven Lawless’s Covid-19 test came back negative so he’s back in training but Ben can’t train and join the group until we know where he stands.

“John-Joe has a dead leg right in the middle of his quad, so he was struggling this morning and neither he nor Lucas trained today. They will be both touch and go for the weekend. Lucas wants to give it another go in the morning so we will re-assess him after that.

“It was an important message for myself, and the group, that people want to get out there and train even with knocks. It’s Plymouth away but there was no sign of anyone wanting to take a step back. There’s a great mentality in the group, they all want to play, to get back from injury and get out there.”

Buxton also gave an update on Charles Vernam, who has suffered a setback with his knee injury after coming back into the team against Portsmouth.

The manager said: “It will be two to three weeks after having another scan.”

Buxton also has a decision to make about which keeper to start after the return of Kieran O’Hara on Tuesday.

He said: “Kieran was a bit rusty and his timing was a bit off after not playing for so long. But we haven’t ruled him out either. We wanted good competition in the goal-keeping department and we have got that.”

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