Plymouth Argyle boss Ryan Lowe has delivered a squad injury update ahead of his side’s trip to face Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.
The League Two side make the trip to Lancashire following back-to-back defeats in all competitions, but Lowe has now confirmed that Jose Baxter will be the only absentee when his side come up against Keith Hill’s men.
This means that striker Dom Telford and midfielder Conor Grant will become available for the clash after overcoming their respective injury problems, with both players having returned to full first-team training this week.
Telford has been out of action since suffering a hamstring injury in late September, but he has trained throughout the week and netted twice during an in-house friendly match on Tuesday, while Grant returned to training on Thursday after overcoming his thigh injury.
Speaking via the Plymouth Twitter account, Lowe confirmed the positive injury news regarding Telford and Grant, while he also praised Telford’s performance in the 11 v 11 match on Tuesday.
“Dom has trained all week, looking sharp, scored two goals in the 11v11,” he said.
“Conor is just back in training now. The only player unavailable is Jose Baxter.”
Baxter has featured just once during Argyle’s last seven matches after suffering a calf injury during the 2-2 draw with Crawley back in mid-September, and it appears this weekend’s FA Cup tie has come too soon for the midfielder.
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It will certainly give Plymouth a boost to have these two players back available ahead of the trip to face Bolton, particularly given that Plymouth are in need of a lift following their two recent defeats.
Telford’s injuries have meant he has been unfortunate during his time at Plymouth so far, but the fact he is now said to be looking sharp in match action means Argyle fans could finally be about to see the best of him over an extended period.
There would be no better way for the 22-year-old to re-introduce himself to Argyle fans than by getting on the score sheet during their cup trip to face Wanderers, and he will be itching to impress following his injury frustrations.