Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe has confirmed that striker Dominic Telford is close to a return to action for the Pilgrims, however has stated that he could still miss the next two matches.
Telford has missed the past eight games for the League Two side since suffering a reoccurence of his hamstring injury against Cheltenham Town on September 21st in a 2-0 defeat.
Lowe said: “He’s not far (away) but we have got to manage it. We have got to make sure it’s right.
“We have got Saturday now and then we have got the FA Cup. Whether we have him for Saturday or the FA Cup is down to me and down to him.
“We don’t want to risk it. We want to make sure. What’s an extra week going to do?”
The 22 year-old isn’t the only striker who has gone down with injuries this season, with Ryan Taylor, Joel Grant and Byron Moore all suffering similar injuries throughout the campaign.
Is Lowe right to not risk Telford over the next couple of games?
If Telford is going to miss the next two games, then he will miss the League Two clash at Home Park against Grimsby Town this coming Saturday, before sitting out of the FA Cup tie away to Bolton Wanderers the following weekend.
The injuries to Telford and Moore forced Lowe to turn his hand to bringing in a new face, free agent Billy Clarke, a couple of weeks ago.
Clarke has experience in the Football League having played for the likes of Ipswich Town, Crawley Town, Charlton Athletic and Bradford City, leaving the latter in the summer after a six-month spell.
Telford returning for Plymouth could be a big boost for them as he provides an added goal threat whether he’s starting or coming off the bench to be an impact substitute.
Plymouth should have just enough to get them through the next couple of games in terms of scoring goals, however Telford’s return to action will be a squad boost that Lowe has been hoping would come for a while.