Knee-sy does it for returning Emanuel

Injury-hit Lewis hopes to make it back into Hatters' first team mix before the end of the season

Ahead of schedule, Lewis Emanuel is one of four senior Hatters set to continue their returns in tomorrow's reserve game at home to Wycombe Wanderers.

The influential 25-year-old left-sided player is set to figure alongside skipper Kevin Nicholls, centre-half George Pilkington and midfielder Rossi Jarvis, and the former Bradford City man is keen to force his way into Town's team before the end of the season.

Emanuel, who was expected to be out for between eight and 10 weeks, is back in training after only six and admitted that having company in Town's busy injury room has aided his recovery.

He said: "It makes it easier. You are not just working on your own. You normally work with the physio but it's nice to see a few other faces, and not at the same time.

"It feels good at the minute so I will try and get a reserve game in on Thursday and build it up from there."

Emanuel has been ruled out twice this season with bad injuries to both knees and admits he has found it frustrating looking on from the stands, especially as he signed a new contract until the end of the season just days before suffering his second injury.

Speaking on Monday, he said: "Touch wood, it's going well.

"I trained today and I will train tomorrow and hopefully I will play in the reserve game on Thursday, so it's gone well.

"I just want to get back fit as quick as I can and get back playing because it's been frustrating sitting in the stands."

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