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Williams Back As Injury Clouds Start To Lift

Key midfielder set to return at Stanley as manager's options increase

9 December 2021

MJ Williams is back in the frame to face Accrington Stanley on Saturday as Wanderers finally start to get some good news on the injury front.

Midfield anchor-man Williams is set to end a four-game absence with a dislocated shoulder after a successful return to training and will also be joined in the Whites’ squad by fit-again full-back Harry Brockbank.

A one-match ban for captain Ricardo Almeida Santos will deny Wanderers’ of their captain’s services at Stanley.

But the re-call of teenager Adam Senior from his loan spell at York City will add another name to the availability list at the end of the week, which also seen midfielders Josh Sheehan and Lloyd Isgrove undergo operations to combat knee and hamstring injuries, respectively.

“Lloyd and Josh have both had successful surgeries. They went very well so it’s the start of their recovery,” confirmed manager Ian Evatt.

“It’s a long road for Josh and not so long for Lloyd, but long enough, and we wish them well.

“MJ has come through fine and it’s massive for us to have him back and Harry is back as well, so another body which is great for us.

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“They’re two players that we have needed to get back and have them fit and available and we’ve recalled Adam Senior to play a part as well.

“He’s improving all the time, he’s a good young player with a great attitude.

“He’s not ready to play every week in League One but he’s developing all the time and learning and certainly he will be coming back to help us.”

Striker Amadou Bakayoko is also making good progress on his return from ankle injury and is set to return before Christmas.

And with Evatt’s selection options beginning to increase again, the Wanderers’ boss is looking to bounce back from Tuesday night’s disappointing 3-0 defeat at Fleetwood Town which brought a second loss in five league games.

“We understand that we’re going to take some criticism – some of it deserved and some of it not so,” added Evatt, whose side will be looking to go above Stanley and back into the top half of the table with a win at the Wham Stadium.

“But we have to stay focused and concentrate on doing the best we can until we can get some bodies back, which they are starting to do.

“Next week we will have some more back as well and then we can turn a corner and have a really strong push in the second half of the season.

“Things are looking up on that front. It’s going to take time and we have to go through a bit of pain to get there but we will get on the road to recovery again and soon pick up results.”


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