Slowly, Slowly, Karleigh

KARLEIGH Osborne is working his way back to fitness – but you are more likely to get a glimpse of him in action at Coach Road rather than Home Park.

The centre-back, signed as a free agent in the summer having left Bristol City, is yet to pull on a green shirt, having injured his thigh in the early stages of pre-season training. 

His manager, Derek Adams, says that Osborne is inching closer to a return, but will have to get some minutes playing for Argyle’s development side before being consider for first-team duties. 

“He is with the physio,” said Derek, “getting prepared to come back in with us. He hasn’t played any games, so he will have to get some games in before we can consider him for the first team. He did all the fitness work in pre-season, and he is doing a lot of fitness work just now. 

“It is about getting the thigh strain settled down – which it has done – then getting some game time into him. 

“He’ll have to play in the Peninsular League games. That’s all we’ve got. We don’t have the luxury of having a reserve team to go and play games.”

The manager also gave a brief update into his continued quest to bring in a couple of loan players before the transfer windows closes at the end of August. 

Like Karleigh’s return, there is progress, but it is slow. 

“Not at this moment in time,” said Derek. “That will come as soon as the clubs we are speaking to make a decision.”