Jones confirms 'light at the end of the tunnel' in Rea's battle to shake off thigh injury

Midfielder could be involved against QPR

By Mike Simmonds
Monday, 13th July 2020, 2:45 pm
Updated Monday, 13th July 2020, 2:46 pm
Town midfielder Glen Rea
Town midfielder Glen Rea

Town midfielder Glen Rea is in with a chance of featuring for the Hatters as they continue their fight to stay in the Championship at home to QPR tomorrow night.

The 25-year-old was due to start against Leeds United recently before suffering a thigh injury which has kept him out ever since.

However, he is now back in training, as on whether he could have a role against Rangers at Kenilworth Road, boss Nathan Jones said: "Glen had a thigh strain, he felt it in the warm up at Leeds, so we didn't risk him.

"What we did not want to do is really push him in those games coming up and then he be out totally as you never know what's going to happen.

"He’s up, he training today, so hopefully he has no reaction to that and if so, hopefully he can be available.

"Whether we throw him in tomorrow is one thing, but at least now there's light at the end of the tunnel with that one.

"It’s just such a quick turnaround, there’s no margin at the minute for respite.”

One player who did return during Friday night's excellent 2-0 win at Huddersfield was attacker Kazenga LuaLua, who came on for the final 10 minutes and helped Luton confidently hold on to the three points.

Jones thinks it shows just now the whole squad need to be ready to play their part in Hatters' bid to stay up, saying: "He (LuaLua) hasn’t trained too much but we just felt that time of the game, with a 2-0 lead, any time we get it, we’re going to need to keep hold of it and get up the pitch.

"He’s a ball carrier, we wanted to bring a ball carrier on to do that, so he did exactly what it says on the tin.

"He carried the ball, kept us possession, we saw the game out with relative comfort, but everyone's going to be needed.

“Martin Cranie has fantastic experience, he's been promoted two or three times from the Championship, so to send him on for just three to four minutes, to do a job, see it out, it might have to be win one header, all of those things we need.

"There's no egos here, we can't afford for anyone to have an ego or think 'that’s beneath me,' as we're all fighting for the same cause.

"Whatever they have to do, they're all going to be called upon.”

There was also good news surrounding attacker Harry Cornick, who came off early in the second half at the John Smith's Stadium for Callum McManaman, as Jones added: "He just put some big shifts in so we needed to look after him in the game and make sure nothing occurred.

"Harry’s fine, he came through training no problem.

“It's just the long term ones we can’t do anything about now.

"We're in a good place, no worse off than we were the other day and probably slightly better."