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INJURY UPDATE: Team News Ahead Of Town's Trip To Rovers

26 January 2017

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Town will be without striker Jon Obika for this weekend's Derby Day showdown with Bristol Rovers, although there is some positive news on the injury front with a couple of players edging closer to a return.

Swindon make the short trip to the Memorial Stadium on Saturday (12:30pm Kick-Off) and will be looking to kick off a big fortnight with all three points.

However, they will have to go about their business without Obika who is still struggling with a knock, while Brad Barry will also miss out as he continues to nurse a swollen ankle.

“Jon isn’t back in training yet, unfortunately, but he’s doing his rehabilitation and we’re hoping that we will see him on the training pitch at least in the very near future,” said Town Head Coach Luke Williams.

“Bradley is a way off at the moment.

“We were hoping that he might have featured in the reserve team game on Tuesday but he’s not quite there yet.

“We’ll keep an eye on that one.”

However, on a more positive note, both Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill and Ellis Iandolo are well on the road to recovery and look set to return to full training in the not too distant future. 

“They are getting closer and they on the training pitch, albeit not able to take part in full training, but they are there and they are going through their physical work,” Williams added.

“They are much more capable than they were a week ago, so we’re looking forward to getting them back into full training.

“Brandon is working physically on the training pitch next to the full squad so we’re hoping that he’ll be in full training soon.

“Ellis is in a very similar situation to Brandon and they were both striking balls and working physically very, very hard – it is only the twisting and turning element and the unpredictability of going into contact that is stopping them from completing full training.”

Finally, Anton Rodgers looks set to be involved in the matchday squad on Saturday despite taking a heavy blow to the chest during an accidental collision in training earlier this week.

“The only other injury concern is Anton Rodgers and he ran into somebody in training and he caught an elbow in the chest,” Williams continued.

“It was completely accidental and just part of training.

“It looks as though he’s bruised his ribs but I don’t think it is anything that is going to stop him from playing his part and he’s tough enough to play through the pain barrier, but we’re concerned that it has not eased off and it has been a while now.”

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