Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that defender Omar Sowunmi is now back in full training, nearly five months after the club lost him to an ankle injury. The 23 year old was the victim of a late tackle by Jordan Moore-Taylor during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes Dons and thus has missed much of the 2018-19 season as a result, however Way believes that he is on the edge of selection for Saturday's trip to Forest Green Rovers.
One certainty is that the Glovers will see Craig Alcock available for match in Gloucestershire, having serviced a one match suspension during Tuesday's 4-1 defeat, which saw Matt Worthington and then Rhys Browne deployed as full-backs during the match. Way also implies that Chelsea loanee Josh Grant is close to a return following a foot injury he sustained last month. However, he was pleased that Sowunmi was close to a return:
"Omar Sowunmi is back now, which is great - on the training ground. So we've just got to decide whether we put him in the squad on Saturday. We've got Craig Alcock back at right-back, so at least we've got a right-back. Josh Grant will be back from Chelsea, because I think he was a key addition that we had. Gary Warren, we're waiting on a scan result today. Sessi has been to see the specialist on his shoulder. There's one or two others that have looked very sharp in training, with the likes of Courtney Duffus who are getting up to speed, and we've got Tristan Abrahams who is getting up to speed. That takes time."
Way claimed that the September 25th match against Milton Keynes Dons represented a turning point in the club's season, with the Glovers also losing Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi to a knee ligament injury during the same game. Way explained that the injuries had forced him to change his squad as a result, with the club's form having nosedived from the point of the September 2018 Newport County away fixture onwards:
"I've got to be honest, that's how our fortunes changed this season, with that MK Dons game. I don't think we've recovered from that game, to miss those two players. As much as on the outside it looks easy to gain an advantage, regroup and regel a squad, it's not that simple and it takes time, and it takes time on the training ground. When you don't get to win enough matches to build confidence, and there's one or two selection problems that we've had to deal with, that's probably been a big miss with Omar, and it will be nice to have him back, because he's great around the dressing room. He's someone that's been here a long time. He's the heart and soul, and I think the future of the football club. So he's got a massive part to play."
The club go into the Forest Green Rovers match on a run of five defeats in a row. Way explained that his team were working to internal targets, with the oft-stated target of survival in the Football League the overall objective. But he claimed that the problem was that his squad were not strong enough to cope with players missing like Gary Warren, Sessi D'Almeida and Tom James:
"We've put the games in blocks - blocks of four. So we've got targets that we need to hit. But as I've said nothing has come away from the objective of staying in the Football League. One or two players coming back is probably the best solution in all of this, because of some key players. This squad that we've built at Yeovil is not capable of missing these top players - Gary Warren, we've had Sessi D'Almeida out, we've had Tom James out and we've had Craig Alcock out. We've had some big big players that have been missing. It's important that the players that have replaced those positions - we made eight new signings in the window - every minute of every day they start to gel and become closer together. One result changes that."
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