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PREVIEW | McLaughlin pushing for return and eager to be involved Saturday

10 March 2017

McLaughlin hopeful for a return against Bristol Rovers...

Stephen McLaughlin says he’s “anxious” to get back on the pitch as he closes in on a return to first team action.

The winger has been sidelined for ten weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage against Charlton on 31st December.

But Manager Phil Brown and McLaughlin himself both sounded positive about a return to action this weekend.

“I thought last week I was closing in on a return and then on Monday I had a bit of a setback,” McLaughlin said.

“It’s been a long few months for me and I’ve done a lot of work. 

“It’s getting close and I’m getting anxious. I’m trying to be available.

“Last week I thought I would be involved but the gaffer had other ideas. He just didn’t want to risk me so I went out with the boys to get back in the mix and get that feeling back.

“It was good and I was hungry but on Monday I was maybe too hungry and I had a slight niggle in that ankle again so I came out, but it’s not too bad. I’ll try and train before Saturday and see how it is.”

With three games in a week coming up, McLaughlin wants to make sure he comes back fit and firing for the season run-in.

“Every game now is a massive game if we want to get into the play-offs,” he added.

“Bristol gave us a tough game at our place and it’s going to be a massive game. 

“I’m trying to be available for it and hopefully I will. I’m hoping to play a part.

“The games are coming thick and fast so it’s important to manage myself and the Manager’s doing that as well.

“If it isn’t Saturday, I’m hoping definitely Tuesday.”

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