THE injury suffered by Jason Banton during Tuesday’s npower League 2 clash at Wimbledon is not as serious as first expected.The on-loan Crystal Palace forward limped out of the 1-1 draw at the Cherry Red Records Stadium shortly after he had scored the first goal of the game but luckily, Argyle manager John Sheridan is confident of his swift return.
John said: “We thought it was a thigh injury but it’s not as serious as we first though.
“We’ll see how he is and hopefully he’ll have a good chance of making it for Saturday.”
Since signing for the Pilgrims in January, Banton has been on top form, scoring three times in five Argyle outings.
Jason’s loan agreement expires after Saturday’s game with Barnet but Sheridan is keen to retain the services of the tricky winger.
“Jason wants to stay,” said John. “He’s very happy. Palace have agreed to let him stay so we need to talk.
“I’ve spoken to Jason and hopefully everything will go to plan and we’ll get him for longer.
“I haven’t actually spoken to [Crystal Palace manager] Ian [Holloway] or any of the staff at Palace but Jason spoke to them briefly yesterday so I’ll make that phone call.
“I think he’s just one of those players, with the way that he plays, that he’s positive.
“I think he thinks he’s a good player and that’s great for me. I like players who believe in themselves.
“He’s got little things that are wrong in his game and I try and tell him to help him to be a better play but when he gets the ball, he excites people and he’s scored three goals since he;s been here and has been a big plus for us.
“He’s a match winner in my eyes and I’d like him to be involved in the game a little bit more.
“It’s now about making that step up; he’s scored one or two goals and that never does you any harm.“