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Wingman Amaechi Ready To Take Flight

Summer signing in squad for first time as Wanderers add to cutting edge for Crewe clash

11 November 2021

Xavier Amaechi could make an eagerly-awaited Wanderers’ debut on Friday night.

Amaechi is set to be included in the Whites’ squad for the first time for the visit of Crewe.

The winger – signed on loan from former European champions Hamburg in the summer – has not featured since suffering a fractured metatarsal in a pre-season fixture in July.

But the 20-year-old is fully recovered and could feature when Wanderers aim to secure a first League One win since early October against the division’s bottom club.

“He got an unfortunate injury in pre-season and we’ve not seen him since but he’s worked really hard during his rehab and he’s looked razor-sharp in training. He’s ready to be involved,” said Ian Evatt.

Amaechi’s return to fitness is a major boost for the Whites, although Evatt doesn’t expect to see the former England U20 international back to his best immediately.

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“We think he’s a top player but we’re going to need to have patience with him,” added the Wanderers’ boss.

“No player who has been out for that period of time can really be true to themselves and hit the ground running from day one.

“We need to build his minutes back up and build his performances back up and hopefully in the next couple of weeks we’ll see a back fully fit and true to form Xav Amaechi.”

Wanderers have been short of attacking options in recent weeks but also have Amadou Bakayoko back to challenge for a starting slot against the Railwaymen.

The striker returned from injury via the bench in last Sunday’s FA Cup draw with Stockport County.

And midfielder Josh Sheehan also returns after missing the cup tie with a back injury and being given permission by Wales to stay on club duty after his initial selection in their squad for World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Belgium.

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“We spoke to Wales and credit to them they saw it best to leave him with us, which is great,” said Evatt, whose side has lost just one of its last four games.

“He’s now recovered from that back injury and ready to play tomorrow.

“Baka has looked sharp again last week. He started the season and looked very good but since then really we’ve not had him in one piece.

“He’s been playing with injuries, he’s had two significant injuries and we’ve been missing him.

“But now he looks back fully fit, fully focused and ready to go.”

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