Relief for Ainsworth as trio return to training

Gareth Ainsworth welcomed Marvin McCoy, Matt McClure and Danny Foster back to training this week

Gareth Ainsworth welcomed Marvin McCoy, Matt McClure and Danny Foster back to training this week

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

WANDERERS' injury crisis looks like it's easing as three players returned to full training this week - and four more could be back by next weekend.

Marvin McCoy and Matt McClure both returned at the start of the week, while Danny Foster also came back into contention on Thursday.

Their comebacks will be a huge relief to Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth, who at one point had no fewer than 13 players sitting on the sidelines.

He said: "Things are easing a bit. We've had some back this week and that's been a real boost to the squad.

"Hopefully all being well they'll be involved with the squad on Saturday and we get back to a reasonable strength - not that we've been weak, but experience counts a lot when you're down the bottom of the league, so it'll be important to get those players back."

Antigua and Barbuda international McCoy has missed the entire league campaign after breaking his fibula and ankle in the Capital One Cup tie with Watford in August.

He joined in the pre-match warm up with team mates on Saturday and returned to full training on Tuesday.

But Ainsworth said: "Contact-wise he can join in with all the running and all the physical stuff but then can't enjoy the five a sides. You've got to get that first tackle, or be tackled, and build from there.

"He's back earlier than expected, which is good. Marvin McCoy is a big asset to this club and something different. He becomes more of a flying full back and Danny is the solid, positional full back. It's great to have those two options at right back."

A number of players were ruled out of contention due to hamstring strains - a situation Ainsworth admitted was partially down to him.

He said: "I think it's just a change in the pitches and weather, and the fact when I took over I'd given a few speeches to the boys that I want them to die for the club. I think they took it literally and training through injury.

"The commitment's fantastic but it's brave to say, 'I can't do it today because my hamstring's a bit sore'. A few went through the pain barrier and ended up missing a couple of weeks.

"It's a bittersweet thing because it's great they are doing it for me but losing them for a couple of weeks has hurt us."

Ainsworth is also hoping captain Gary Doherty, Matt Spring, Jo Kuffour and Anthony Stewart will all return to training next week.

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