Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe has spoken ahead of his side’s encounter with Bradford City this weekend, and he has revealed that the Pilgrims have a fully fit squad available to them.
Striker Billy Clarke missed last weekend’s 1-0 win over Forest Green Rovers due to a groin injury that he had picked up in training, and while the injury wasn’t a serious one, the 31-year-old was left out against the League Two high flyers as a precaution.
The former Bradford City forward worked with Plymouth’s head of fitness and conditioning John Lucas at the start of the week, before returning to full first-team training when it became apparent that Clarke was over his niggle.
Left wing-back Callum McFadzean has also been passed as fit having gone off injured last weekend with a knee injury, while his replacement for the second period, Joe Riley, has also been passed fit for Saturday after a sore knee picked up during the game.
On Clarke, Lowe said: “Billy is fine. He trained on Tuesday with John, and then trained yesterday with him. He’s fully training today.”
Clarke has had two previous stints at Bradford, having appeared 122 times and scored 25 goals between 2014 and 2017 during his first spell at Valley Parade.
After leaving for Charlton, he rejoined the Bantams in January and scored once in 14 appearances before signing for Plymouth on a short-term contract until January.
Lowe having a fully fit squad available to him again means that he has different options available to him all across the park.
Clarke returning as a bench option will be important for the Pilgrims, while McFadzean and Riley will be able to continue operating the flanks.