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INJURY UPDATE: Norris In Contention For Cheltenham Clash

Latest Team News Ahead Of Saturday's Game

6 October 2017

Swindon Town could well be boosted prior to their Sky Bet League Two clash against Cheltenham on Saturday by the speedy return of Luke Norris.

The in-form striker was forced off during the 2-0 win against Cambridge United last weekend with a dislocated shoulder, the same injury he suffered on the opening day of the season.

However, as was the case the first time round, Norris has bounced back quickly from that setback and he was back in training with his team-mates on Thursday. 

He will now be assessed further before tomorrow's game and Town will be hoping that their leading scorer, who has hit seven goals so far this term, will be fit enough to play some part at The LCI Rail Stadium tomorrow.

"Luke trained with us on Thursday and we are monitoring that situation again," Town Boss Dave Flitcroft said at his pre-match press conference. 

"It is seeing where he is at with his pain threshold and it is making sure that we get the right amount of work to rest ratio at the minute.

"It is just seeing if Luke is comfortable with it and we've got 48 hours before the game, so that gives us more recovery time. 

"He has already proved that he wants to play for this football club and he wants to play for us, so it is just a case of him being comfortable making all the right body movements so he can do his job and be successful at it like he has been."

Chris Robertson wasn't involved against Cambridge United last weekend due to a family issue but, with that now resolved, he'll be back in contention for tomorrow. 

"Chris played on Tuesday against Bristol City and he got a full 90 minutes," Flitcroft added.

"We gave him that time off at the weekend to make sure that his family were good and they are."

"It is just seeing if Luke is comfortable with it and we've got 48 hours before the game, so that gives us more recovery time."

Dave Flitcroft On Luke Norris

Chris Hussey's groin injury is an ongoing problem with Town still working closely with the defender's parent club to get to the root of the issue.

"We have had good in-depth talks with Sheffield United and we are all on the same page about his recovery," Flitcroft continued.

"I have no timescale on it but we have had some really good dialogue and we've got a good plan of attack for Chris."

Finally, Timi Elsnik was forced to pull out of the matchday squad at the last minute last Saturday after sustaining a minor injury and he has spent the week back at parent club Derby County.

"Timi has been having his rehab at Derby this week and when we negotiated a deal with the boys, that is something we put into the loan agreement," Flitcroft said.

"They have fantastic resources at Derby and they know their injury history and injury records, so Timi has been there all week and we have had good communication lines with them.

"It will be touch and go for the weekend."

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