A Game in Lew

THE Green Army will be pleased to hear that Lewis Alessandra has returned to training just in time to help boost the Pilgrims’ Sky Bet League 2 play-off push.

Tuesday’s game-in-hand at Newport may be a game too early for the 25-year-old, but he seems likely to be back in action soon to help Argyle reach the all-important top seven.

The striker, signed from Morecambe in the summer, had been in scintillating form this season. However, a hamstring injury in the 2-1 home win over Chesterfield seen the 12-goal striker on the physio’s table since.

Argyle manager John Sheridan said: “He trained well and has not had any effects, which is good.”

The partnership between Alessandra and top scorer Reuben Reid helped propel the team up the table and made the possibility of a finish in the top seven more than just a pipe dream.

However, since Lewi picked up the injury three weeks ago, Argyle’s form has dipped and they are without a win in his absence

John said: “We have missed him, with his quality on the ball and just retaining it for us in the opposition half.

“He has done really well and, obviously him and Reuben had a good partnership going.”

The return of Alessandra along with fellow forward Jason Banton, has boosted Argyle’s forward line which has been nicely timed to help the team kick on and get the five wins from the remaining six games, that Sheridan has requested from his players.

The only main injury concerns that John has to deal with for Tuesday’s visit to Rodney Parade are defender Matt Parsons, who has a thigh problem, and goalkeeper Luke McCormick, who John believes is unlikely to play again this season.