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INJURY UPDATE: Norris Out Of Colchester Clash

Striker To Miss Festive Friday Fixture

14 December 2017

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Swindon Town will be without Luke Norris for tomorrow's Sky Bet League Two fixture against Colchester United.

The Reds' leading scorer, who has hit nine goals in all competitions so far this term, was forced off during the 1-0 defeat to Forest Green Rovers earlier this month due to an ongoing ankle injury. 

And, with the recent weather forcing Town to train on 3G pitches, Norris hasn't been able to step up his recovery and has been ruled out of Friday's clash against The U's at The Energy Check County Ground. (7:45pm Kick-Off).

"It is not a frustration, it is just a matter of life and fact," Dave Flitcroft said at his pre-match press conference earlier today.

"We probably won't have Luke Norris because, due to the upturn in weather and with us having to train on Astroturf, he's not been able to train and everything he has done has been offloaded.

"We've been not been able to get him on the grass as much as we would have wanted.

"Unfortunately Luke won't be available for selection for tomorrow night which is a blow because he's been a top performer for us this season.

"He really helps with the way we want to play by locking the ball in and retaining the ball high up the pitch and getting behind it."

Chris Hussey also won't feature tomorrow with the on-loan Sheffield United defender having suffered yet another setback on his road to recovery.

"No he's not edging closer," Flitcroft added.

"The progress has really slowed down and it is the hernia area where there is quite a lot going down. 

"One thing leads to another and connects to another so we're just trying to bottom everything out. That's where we're at with it. 

"We're making sure we keep communication open with Sheffield United on that one."

"Unfortunately Luke won't be available for selection for tomorrow night which is a blow because he's been a top performer for us this season."

Dave Flitcroft On Luke Norris' Unavailability

However, there is some positive news with both Amine Linganzi and Paul Mullin available after coming through the week unscathed.

"Amine has come through the week so he'll be available, which is good," Flitcroft said.

"Paul Mullin has had a really good and positive training week so we're okay, we've got a couple back and we're ready for tomorrow night's game."

Finally, Flitcroft revealed that Donal McDermott is nearing a return to action following a spell out with ankle ligament damage.

"He's got a lot more training time in him this week," he continued.

"Again, because he has had an ankle injury, training on the 3G does become a problem but he has still been able to get outside and work on the grass, but not with the first-team.

"Don will be in and around what we are doing tomorrow night."

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