Blues have Scowen back for Torquay test

Josh Scowen

Josh Scowen

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

JOSH Scowen returns from suspension with Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth hinting at changes as Blues face Torquay United at Plainmoor tonight.

The midfielder completed his two game ban against Southend on Saturday and looks set to slot back into the Wanderers engine room after becoming a key player under Gareth Ainsworth.

Scowen scored his first and so far only Wycombe goal when the sides met at Adams Park in October to hand Ainsworth his first win as caretaker manager.

The Wanderers boss said: "He's a huge player for us and I've made no secret of that. He adds something in the midfield - some real bite.

"He's had a week and a half's rest and he'll come back into the squad fresh and fit. I'll have a decision to make on Josh. I know he'll be keen to play."

And Ainsworth is looking for his men to bounce back from a third defeat in a row as they make the long journey down to Devon.

He said: "I probably won't need to lift them but they'll want to put that right for me.

"There's some players who've been on the fringes for a while who might get a nod. I'm not saying I'm going to change it and I'm not saying I'm not going to change it. It's one of those things I'll look at. Nobody just gets in the team, it's up to people to keep their place in there."

Since the sides last met United have been in freefall, with victory at county rivals Exeter City their sole success from their last 13.

They've also lost each of their last six after manager Martin Ling was taken ill, with former Scunthorpe and Bury boss Alan Knill stepping in on an interim basis and Ainsworth said: "He's going to give a bit of spirit to them."

High Wycombe-born striker Elliot Benyon could feature for the Gulls after rejoining them on loan from Southend.

The former Great Marlow School pupil failed to impress at his home town club last year but was prolific in a previous spell at Plainmoor alongside another former Blue, Scott Rendell.

For match updates from tonight's game follow the BFP's Wanderers reporter Andy Carswell on Twitter @WWFC_AndyC.

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