Phil Brown on Atkinson's suspension, Freddy's comeback and Corr's slight injury
Phil Brown says Freddy Eastwood has given everyone a lift after returning to training this week following injury.
Freddy has been out since the 1-0 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge on the 22nd October with a knee injury.
But he was back training this week and his boss is delighted to see him back in action on the training pitch.
He said: “Freddy has been out for a while and has been desperate to get back out there. He was involved in training on Wednesday and actually scored the goal of the morning so that was good to see.
“It’s now all about getting him back into match action and continuing that goal scoring in games, which he was doing well before he got injured.
“He’s got five so far and I actually had a good chat with him on Thursday morning – he’s out to catch up Kevan Hurst who is our top scorer at the moment.”
Brown is also sure that Barry Corr will be available after picking up a slight knock against Cheltenham, but is disappointed that Will Atkinson isn’t available through suspension.
The midfielder picked up his fifth booking of the season on Saturday at Roots Hall, but Brown says that is to be expected because of the way he plays the game.
Brown added: “Will is a very tenacious midfielder who gets about the pitch and gets in the face of the other team.
“The way he plays and his energy levels mean he is always going to pick up yellow cards. It’s a shame he is missing but he’ll be back for Torquay next weekend.
“Barry picked up a slight knock and had to manage it through the game against Cheltenham last weekend.
“But he has responded well to that in training this week and has looked sharp out on the pitch. He was the player of the morning on Wednesday and that’s a good sign.”
Ryan Leonard is still unavailable through injury, while Cauley Woodrow is serving the second of his three game ban.