Getting There

ARGYLE manager Derek Adams has given updates on a number of his injured players, with a couple of Pilgrims close to returning to action.

Peter Hartley has missed the Greens’ last two games with a foot injury, but his boss gave some positive news on the defender’s status. 

“He’s only got bruising to his foot, so no break,” said Adams. “He’ll be back very soon into action." 

Deane Smalley continued his long-term recovery from a cruciate ligament injury by taking a seat on the bench on Tuesday night for the Leyton Orient game, as the likes of Louis Rooney and Ben Purrington, the latter suffering with back spasms during the week, were unavailable for selection. 

Bolton Wanderers loanee Oscar Threlkeld was the recipient of a heavy challenge during the first half of the Orient game, forcing him to be substituted. 

“He’s got a knock to the leg, so he won’t train today,” said Adams. “We’ll have to assess him tomorrow before Saturday’s game.” 

As for another loan signing, Hiram Boateng has temporarily returned to his parent club to receive the best possible treatment for an ankle injury. 

“Boateng is away back to Crystal Palace, and they’re looking after him,” said Derek. “He’s going to be with them until he’s able to start training, and is being assessed by their medical staff. 

“Luke McCormick will hopefully be back next week into training, and so will Reuben Reid. We’re getting there. When we’ve had as many senior players out at the same time, it’s not very helpful.” 

The sudden string of injuries led the boss to bring in two more loan signings in Luke Croll and Christian Walton, and he is pleased with how the pair of 20-year olds have managed to settle quickly at Home Park. 

“Christian made a number of important saves the other night, late on the game,” said Derek. “Luke Croll and him have fitted in really well. 

"They’ve only been here a week but they’ve played two games already. It’s been a derby match and then a real physical encounter against Leyton Orient. It’s not easy being 20 years of age and coming into a different atmosphere, but they’ve handled it well. We’ve got competition now, which is good. You need that in your squad."