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Team News: Coventry City (H)

19 October 2018

Chris Powell says he’s working with a near fully fit squad ahead of Saturday’s game against Coventry City.

John White, Tom Hopper, Jason Demetriou and Harry Kyprianou were all unavailable last weekend against Gillingham.

But all four are back from their respective injuries and international duties.

Asked whether White and Hopper were fit, Powell said: “I would hope so. They’ve done a lot of work and are a lot stronger.

“Harry Bunn’s joined in with training as well, Luke Hyam is just doing parts of it but he’s now outside.

“He had a bit of a setback but he’s now on his way and we’ve got the return of Jason Demetriou and Harry Kyprianou from their international duty, so that’s all positive.

“Harry Lennon played an hour the other day so it’s now more or less a fully fit squad.

“But we’re going to need them, especially with Walsall on Tuesday. We might have to freshen the team up and obviously Sunderland as well which is going to be a tough game for us.”

There was, however, an update on Lewis Gard’s injury that the youngster sustained minutes after coming on against Colchester United.

And after consultation on Gard’s knee, Powell revealed their initial fears were correct.

“Lewis was checked over late on Tuesday and he’s having an operation early next week.

“He’s out for the rest of the season for definite. But actually, from his first consultation, which was major, he’s had some positive news with the second consultation.

“He won’t be out as long as they thought, but he’s still looking at a long time, I would think 12 months.

“We know now where he’s at and as a club we will give him all the support he needs to get him back to fitness.”

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