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Kachunga Back In Business

Forward returns to the Wanderers' squad for the first time since January

10 March 2022

Elias Kachunga will return to duty on Saturday to give manager Ian Evatt even more attacking options against potential play-off rivals Plymouth.

Kachunga has been out of action since the turn of the year after suffering a torn thigh muscle in Wanderers’ Papa John’s Trophy exit at Hartlepool.

But the summer signing from Sheffield Wednesday – who scored four times in six games before the Whites’ form dipped either side of Christmas – is back to full fitness and will be in Evatt’s squad for the visit six-placed Plymouth.

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“He was one of our bright sparks in what were dark times, really,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“He was in good form and unfortunate to pick up that injury but we’re looking forward to having him back.

“He’s an experienced player, a big personality and a big part of this dressing room.

“He gives us some different options. He can play as a 10 as a different style to Dapo or Kieran Sadlier.

“He can play as a 9 as well, so we’re looking to having him back available.”

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Midfielder Kyle Dempsey isn’t yet ready to return as Wanderers aim to close a seven-point gap to Plymouth and the play-off places.

However, the midfielder will return to training next week following the groin injury which will have kept him out for three games.

And Evatt also delivered upbeat bulletins on Kieran Lee, following an operation on the midfielder's heel, and Lloyd Isgrove as Wanderers look forward to the possibility of an even stronger squad for the end-of-season run-in.

“Issy is doing really well. He’s back on the grass,” added Evatt, who has been without the wideman since November due to a torn hamstring.

“Kieran’s plaster off and he’s looking better every day. He’s doing some light running, so things are looking good on that front.”


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