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O'Brien in contention

Midfielder could be available for semi

10 June 2021

Ian Burchnall has confirmed that Jim O'Brien could return to the starting XI for Saturday's Vanarama National League play-off semi final at Torquay.

The Scot has been a hugely influential figure under Burchnall, playing in an advanced central midfield role alongside Jake Reeves, but missed our eliminator victory over Chesterfield through injury.

O'Brien returned to training today, however, and could reclaim his place in the team for Saturday's massive game.

"Jim trained fully today, which is a big bonus for us," said Burchnall. "We'll see how he responds but he has a good chance for the weekend."

Burchnall's only other injury concerns are long-term, with Alex Lacey and Cal Roberts continuing their recoveries.

Roberts underwent an operation recently and Burchnall said: "He feels good. I think he's happy that we've managed to find the source of the issue.

"I'm positive that in pre-season we could start to see some progression with him."

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