Williams in contention as Town’s injury worries start to ease

Curtley Williams
Curtley Williams

Hatters full back Curtley Williams is in contention for a return to the first team for Saturday’s trip to Stevenage.

The defender missed last weekend’s 2-0 win over Oxford United after suffering a recurrence of his ankle injury.

He appears to be over the worst of it now though as boss John Still said: “Curtley’s trained this week, Paul (Connolly) will train next week, but Curtley has this week so we’ll see how he looks tomorrow.

“He was another one that played when we didn’t really want him to play, but we didn’t really have a choice and every credit to him, he said he’ll play.

“He put himself back a little bit, but when we look back over the games that he played, he did his job for the club which is fantastic and the mentality that we want.

“But we’re also very mindful that as soon as we can leave him out for a while and get him right that’s what we’ll do and we have done. So hopefully he’ll train tomorrow and be okay.”

Luke Rooney is still out with a knee injury, but the likes of Paul Benson and Alex Lawless made their comebacks in a 5-2 Final Third Development League Cup win over Gillingham in midweek.

Jonathan Smith, Nathan Doyle and Luke Guttridge all featured too as Still continued: “Luke Rooney, he’s an almost. We won’t rush that as that’s a knee injury.

“Ross (Lafayette) is another one who is carrying a little bit of a groin and it’s finding the right mixture of playing him and not playing him.

“But Lawless got an hour which we were really, really pleased. Paul has missed a couple of games, who’s important to us. He got a game in the week which was good for him.

“People like Jonathan Smith and Nathan Doyle needed some game time. With Gutts, whose still got a problem with his foot, it’s nothing that would stop him but we’ve got to go steady with it and ease him into it, rest him, play him, rest him, play him.

“He got some time in and all over the pitch I felt the right amount of time was given to the right amount of people.”

Utility player Andy Parry was also back for his first minutes of the season as Still said: “He’s very stiff, very tight but he’s trained today, hopefully we can keep pushing him.

“He’ll be a few weeks yet as he’s missed quite a few weeks, so we’ll see where he is next week.

“Although he’s training with us want to increase his work and he probably won’t get a day off next week.

“He’ll train all week with one or two of the others who need to catch up, so that should push them along.”

Town were badly hampered by a sickness bug that swept through the club prior to the Oxford game and although it isn’t fully cleared up, Still is confident he will have more options to choose from.

He continued: “We still have it at the moment, we’ve got a couple of players who are off today and a couple of players who have been off that have come in and trained today.

“So it’s a little bit like last week where we’ll to look at it tomorrow and maybe Saturday.

“We didn’t pick a team for last Saturday until Saturday morning to see who was available.

“We still have it, but not in as many numbers, so hopefully it’s passing us by.

“In terms of injury, we’re a little bit better than we were. We’ve got some good people out of the team who we know can come in and contribute.”