13th February 2015
JOHN Sheridan will be able to welcome back another first-teamer into the ranks for this Saturday's home game against Cambridge United.
A poor run of results for the Pilgrims coincided with the loss of several players through injury, as well some key loanees returning to their clubs. Now, though, not only are Anthony O'Connor and Bobby Reid back with the club, but the likes of Peter Hartley being fit again is another plus.
Now, Argyle can add Dominic Blizzard back to their dressing room following his recovery from a hamstring injury.
The midfielder traveled with the squad to Wycombe on Tuesday night, but was not involved in the 18-man match-day squad. When Cambridge visit this weekend, though, Dom's manager expects to able to call on him if needed.
“Before the Accrington game, Dom only trained two days,” John said. “I bought him up with us to Adams Park on Tuesday just to make sure he was training with us and that he was back in and around the team.
“It’s a bit of fitness too, instead of just sitting here on his own and just going to the gym. I thought it would be better if I took him with us. With Tom [Flanagan] going back to MK Dons, Dom will be in the squad for Saturday.”
Concerned Pilgrims fans will also be pleased to hear that right wing-back Kelvin Mellor, who has featured prominently on the right flank all season, was merely rested – and not injured - during Tuesday’s league match against Wycombe Wanderers.
Formerly an ever-present this term, Kelvin lost out to Drew Talbot in the slot on Pilgrims right side for the win at Wycombe.
“Kelvin’s been one of my best players this season,” said Sheridan. “I just thought he needed a little bit of rest and time to re-focus. I think a little bit of time out won’t do him any harm at all.
“Drew has come in and he’ll push Kelvin for places but, hopefully, it’ll help Kelvin more than anything else. I don’t think the shoulder injury has hampered his performances.
“He’s a good trainer, wants to play every game and he’s a good kid. He took Tuesday night on the chin and I expect him to fight for his place.”