Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he expects to welcome back a number of players to the first team squad for Saturday's League Two fixture against Tranmere Rovers. A side benefit of the club's international break has been that it has effectively given a fortnight extra for some of the club's injured players to get themselves into contention. Just over two weeks ago, Way projected that four of his players would be available for selection once the team returned to the league schedule, and whilst he does not reveal whether that projection is still on track, almost certainly one of those players will be centre-back Gary Warren, who sat as an unused substitute in the last two fixtures.
Way felt that having played seven fixtures in three-and-a-half weeks since the last international weekend, that some of his players had not dealt with the pace and intensity of that period. He told BBC Somerset that he hoped that the additional squad players would provide a relief for some of those players:
"We've got a few back, so relieving certainly for the whole squad really. The demands have been quite tough on Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday. That's football for you, and it's nice to have a few players back again. I feel I've got one or two players back that drive expectations, and I think that is very important. We had it, and there were some players that have handled the Saturday, Tuesday games programme well, and some I feel could have done better."
The Glovers go into Saturday's match against the fifth-placed Wirral club on a run of six matches without a victory. Way added that it was important that his team recreated the identity that they had in their earlier fixtures and imposed themselves upon the opposition:
"We're just looking forward to getting out on the pitch again. We've had good time spent out on the training ground. Players have been driven this week, to make sure that we get wins again. I thought our performance was good against Bristol Rovers, but unfortunately we didn't take our chances. There's one or two games that we've been disappointed with, with the Swindon game being one. We've taken a lot. We understand what teams are doing now. They're coming back and sitting behind the ball, and breaking on us, on the counterattack. It's up to us to make sure that we break through that. We've got to make sure we get back to being about us. We've got to have an identity about us, and it's got to be about the way that we play and how we affect the opposition."
Yeovil will have to play out Saturday's match against Tranmere without Benin international Sessi D'Almeida. Although he is believed to have returned from Africa, where he's been on duty for his country, scoring in midweek against Algeria, he is due to serve a one match ban due to picking up his fifth Football League booking of the 2018-19 season.
In terms of the players Way believes are due to return for the club, Gary Warren's availability should be confirmed on the weekend. The others are likely to be winger Wes McDonald and midfielder Alefe Santos, whose injuries were never made public by the club, whilst goalkeeper Stuart Nelson is known to have resumed training following a thigh injury sustained in pre-season. Striker Francois Zoko (knee) was due to return around the end of October or start of November, whilst Omar Sowunmi (ankle) isn't expected to be back until the end of the year. The whereabouts of midfielder James Bailey is less clear, but there is no suggestion that he is on his way back from the knee injury he sustained last Boxing Day.
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