Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he has two of his strikers back 'running' on the training ground again, after both suffered injuries last month. Alex Fisher suffered a groin injury, whilst Olufela Olomola had a hamstring strain during the November FA Cup defeat against Stockport County. During the two-and-a-half matches that have followed since both limped off during the first half of that cup match, the Glovers have not scored a goal and have lost all three games.
The initial prognosis on both players just before the Macclesfield Town match was that they would be out for around two-to-three weeks, which might make Saturday's match against Forest Green Rovers a little too early for them to return. Way tends to hint in that direction, with his mention of 'running' stopping short of stating that they were in full training this week. He explained to BBC Somerset their situation:
"We're looking good. Alex Fisher is back running, which is nice to see. Olufela Olomola is back running - again, because I think we've missed those two forwards as a front line. The two centre-halves, as far as Gary Warren is concerned he's back now. Omar Sowunmi is getting there. So the spine of the team is really important, and we need that as soon as possible."
Defender Omar Sowunmi is expected to return sometime around the end of the year. There is still no firm comeback date for midfielder James Bailey's comeback from a knee injury he sustained on Boxing Day 2017. Goalkeeper Nathan Baxter had a hip-flexor problem two weeks ago that saw him return to Chelsea for treatment, but that was only expected to see him absent for around three or four days. There is a question mark over defender Bevis Mugabi, who went off with a shoulder injury during the last League Two match, with no questions asked as to his current fitness.
Way's side are currently on a run of just one win in eleven League Two matches, stretching across two-and-a-half months worth of football. On top of that came the club's early exit from the FA Cup. With the last game against Port Vale producing what many fans saw as the club's worst performance of the season, concern has been raised by fans, with a number showing dissent during the last three fixtures. Way believes it's the first time his side has ever experienced bad form:
"I just feel it's probably been the first time this squad has faced bad form. But I've had to remind the players that the run of form we had at the start of the season was very good. I said to them that they've created history. I think in the last game there was a confidence issue, and I want to make sure that this group, from winning 6-0 at Newport and winning 4-0 at Notts County, and I know we have had one or two injuries, but I want to make sure they keep believing in themselves. I've taken a lot of the bullets, and making sure that the players see a leader. That's one thing that I'll continue to do. It's not the first time I've been booed. I think I got booed when I got appointed. So those same individuals perhaps find their frustrations towards me. I understand it, because that's football."
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