Dozzell and Wilson Training and in Squad
Friday, 9th Aug 2019 11:39
Andre Dozzell and James Wilson have both trained this week and will be in the squad for Saturday’s opening home game of the season against Sunderland, manager Paul Lambert has confirmed.
Dozzell missed the trip to Burton last week due to a knee problem suffered in the pre-season friendly at Cambridge but Lambert says the 20-year-old is back in contention: “He’s trained, he trained this week, so he’ll be in the squad.”
Wilson, a debutant at the Pirelli Stadium, came off with cramp in the second half due to his lack of fitness having only joined Town late in pre-season.
“James is fine, he’s not done too much through pre-season, but he came in and did really well for us. He’s come through it OK,” the Town manager continued.
Lambert appears to be considering whether midfielder Alan Judge is ready to start against the Black Cats, the Irishman having made an impressive appearance from the bench against the Brewers.
Judge, 30, suffered a broken wrist when away with the Republic of Ireland in June and appeared for only 45 minutes in pre-season before coming on as a 63rd minute sub at Burton.
Skipper Luke Chambers was absent from the side last week, although was on the pitch for his traditional fist pump after the whistle confirmed the Blues’ 1-0 victory, and Lambert says he has a decision to make with Wilson and Luke Woolfenden both having impressed as Town recorded a clean sheet against Nigel Clough’s side.
“The suspension’s happened and injuries happen, and when somebody comes in and holds it down, you've got a dilemma who plays. Luke's back in contention as everybody else is.”
Lambert says Jon Nolan (calf) and Gwion Edwards (groin) still have a little way to go before they’re in contention.
He says he expects Jack Lankester to be out for a while with the back problem which he aggravated in pre-season.
Lambert says that he needs his injured players back - as well as additions - given the challenges of the season to come.
“Judgey’s only played 80 minutes, Emyr at Notts County it was his first 90 minutes in two years. That's unknown, these are unknown, especially Emyr we've got to get him through and he's doing really well and I'm happy with how he's going but two years not playing football is a long time.
“Judgey, 81 minutes in six or seven weeks is way short and Nolan's not kicked a ball, and Gwion has just started a little bit, so there's four right away, Toto [Nsiala, hamstring], another few weeks out, so the squad is okay, but I think we have to be stronger.”
In addition to the first-team players out, with Teddy Bishop also missing for another couple of months with a knee problem and Tristan Nydam for six months with an ankle injury, young strikers Ben Morris and Ben Folami are also on the way back from serious injuries.
Meanwhile, new loan keeper Will Norris was on the bench at Burton and Lambert says he has settled in well.
“I thank Wolves for doing it, Kevin at Wolves and the people there, but he's a really good goalkeeper.”
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