Speaking to O’s Show host Oliver Buck, Ross Embleton revealed just how close James Dayton is to returning to the pitch, as well as bringing us up to date with the recovery of Jobi McAnuff.
‘’He’s (James) very very close as far as I’m concerned. Unless someone tells me otherwise, I think he is certainly in contention now.’’
Dayton has been ruled out of action for a majority of 2019; having recovered from a knee injury picked up in December, the winger is now close to returning from an ankle injury picked up against Sutton United in April.
Embleton assured fans that Dayton won’t be rushed back into the squad, appreciating Dayton has suffered some terrible injuries in the past year.
‘’We have a duty to make sure that James doesn’t run before he can walk. We have to bring him back into the fold sensibly.
“We can’t ask too much of him too soon because we don’t want him to suffer a setback. It’s happened for him on a number of occasions, he’s suffered some bad injuries since he has been here.’’
The Interim Head Coach praised Dayton’s influence and claimed his return will boost everyone.
‘’We all know what an influential figure and what a good player he is. He’s certainly one that I’d like to see back in and around it because I think he will give everybody a lift.’’
Another player looking to return to the pitch is Jobi McAnuff. Having had surgery on a groin injury sustained at the end of last season, the 37-year-old is yet to feature in League Two.
‘’Jobi has trained really well. It’s been another positive week in terms of him building. It’s trying to work out how he looks tomorrow – to see exactly what effect today’s session has on Jobi’s reaction the next day.
Fingers crossed he’s had another full day of training and he will wake up tomorrow not feeling too many effects from it.’’