REUBEN Reid looked very close to his usual, hounding, clinical self in Argyle’s 0-0 draw with Oxford United, and John Sheridan is hoping the after-effects of his foot injury continue to fade away.
Reid started his second consecutive game since having to miss out on the Greens’ two defeats to Bury and Stevenage, after injuring his foot when capping off a sensational hat-trick in Argyle’s 3-1 win over Exeter City last month.
Reid came agonisingly close to breaking the stalemate at the Kassam Stadium, managing to muscle himself between two Oxford defenders and get on the end of a Kelvin Mellor cross, but saw his header bounce off both post and crossbar without crossing the line.
The striker was substituted by Sheridan during the second half, most probably with the midweek fixture against Dagenham & Redbridge in mind, and the boss is keen to see his top scorer continue to recover and fight through the necessary pain to play a part in Argyle’s push for promotion.
“He hasn’t trained at all for two weeks, so he’s just been a bit sore,” said John. “He didn’t train all last week and played, then didn’t train this week and played again.
“He trained a little bit yesterday but just in a practice game. You can see that there is a bit of sharpness taken away from him.
“Hopefully the adrenaline of the game just gets him through, but he has been feeling it. Reuben’s got to have his sharpness, for me, but he’s played two games now and there’s another game on Tuesday.
“We’ll see how everyone is and hopefully we’ll get a strong team out to win us the game.”