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Garner provides team selection update ahead of Northampton trip

Gaffer provides latest team news

17 September 2021

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Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner has provided the latest team news ahead of our clash against Northampton Town tomorrow.

The Reds head to Sixfields tomorrow (2pm Kick-Off) to take on the Cobblers in the EFL Sky Bet League Two as they look to return to winning ways.

And, prior to the big game, Garner sat down with the local media to preview our latest fixture in addition to giving an update on those players who may or not be available for the trip to Northampton.

"We've had a couple come back in and train more this week," Garner said.

"We've got one or two that probably won't make the weekend, but it is certainly not too long for anyone that does miss out this weekend and they will be back in contention next week.

"The squad is getting into a stronger and healthier place and there will certainly be more competition building over the next couple of weeks.

"Jordan Lyden and Mathieu Baudry have done the most training they've done this week, they will train again this morning and from that we will make a decision on the squad.

"We're pleased with how they've done this week and, as I said, we'll make a call after training today and we'll finalise the squad for Northampton."

Garner went on to detail his impressions of Lyden over the last few weeks having not yet had a chance to see him play in person, while also going on to provide updates on Harry McKirdy, Ricky Aguiar and Anthony Grant.

"I know him historically as a player and I always saw him as a young player at Aston Villa, and I saw him play here at Swindon previously," Garner continued.

"I knew him from a distance and just from a football perspective, I haven't seen him much from a football perspective since coming in the door but I've got to know him on a personal and professional level and I've been really impressed with him as a character.

"He's been fantastic in the group, he's really dedicated, really professional in everything he does and we're looking forward to getting him back where he can feature and be an important part of the squad.

"Ricky (Aguiar) is fine and he's trained all week. It was literally a couple of days with him, he turned his ankle against Arsenal in the EFL Trophy game but he's fine.

"We're still assessing Harry (McKirdy) and I would say he's doubtful for tomorrow, but we'll see after training today.

"Anthony Grant is back in from Monday.

"He's fulfilled the full 10 days as per the guidelines and he'll be back in with us from Monday morning.

"He's been given a programme by our Sports Science guys and we've found ways for him to do what he can do in the meantime and we've made the best out of the situation."


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