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Lambert: Sears and Bishop Could Be Like New Signings
Friday, 13th Dec 2019 12:01

Blues boss Paul Lambert has revealed that midfielder Teddy Bishop isn’t too far behind Freddie Sears on the road to recovery, the striker having made his return to the U23s at Millwall on Monday.

Sears, out since February with an ACL injury, played the first 45 minutes of the U23s’ 4-1 loss to the Lions and subsequently said he’d need to play one more game for Gerard Nash and Chris Hogg’s side before being ready for first-team consideration ahead of the Portsmouth match a week tomorrow.

However, Lambert says fans - and the player himself - shouldn’t be too impatient regarding his return to the senior squad.

“Listen, it’s still a long way and you shouldn’t pin your hopes on Freddie because it’s still a long way,” Lambert warned.

“He and Bishop are doing really well and slowly but surely we’ll hopefully get them back.

“It’s a footballer's head he’s thinking with, you know? It’s a big ask if you haven’t be thrown in the deep end yet.

“The last thing I would want to happen to him is that same injury, which can happen, so you’ve got to use your sensible head with that one.”

But Lambert does look forward to the 30-year-old ex-Colchester and West Ham man being available to him in the months to come.

“That’s the aim, if he can carry on where he left off last season then great for everybody, but you’ve got to be a bit sensible with it, that was a nasty injury,” he added.

Regarding Bishop, who has been out since suffering a knee injury in Germany in pre-season, he confirmed that the 23-year-old is back training.

“Bish is out [training], those two will be like new signings if they come back the way they were.

“But as I said before, there’s no pressure on them, they’ll come back in their own time and hopefully they are the same as they were before they went out, but they’re doing well.”

Will Bishop be involved in the U23s on Monday? “I don’t know, I’ll see. In his own head he might be ready for that, but I’ll judge it from there. You just don’t want the guys to go out and get injured.”

Meanwhile, he reiterated that he has no intention of re-signing Grant Ward, despite the released midfielder having played for the U23s on Monday.

Lambert said that the 25-year-old was only involved as he works on his fitness after his ACL injury: “Yeah, that was all it was.”

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MrTown added 12:25 - Dec 13
Great news regarding Bishop back training, absolutely delighted with that.

TimmyH added 12:25 - Dec 13
hhmmmm I wonder if that's Paul or Evan's hand up his backside talking?...personally feel in the January transfer window we won't be doing much with the fore-mentioned making a comeback but might see another loan.

midastouch added 12:28 - Dec 13
Don't want to be negative about Bishop but there has been several false dawns. How many years ago now was it when he was getting linked to the likes of Arsenal and Man Utd? Must be at least 4 years. Such a shame as he burst on the scene and looked to be destined for big things but injury has since ravaged his career. Hopefully he can get things back on track at the umpteenth time of asking. If he could get back to anything like the form he showed when he burst on the scene he would be a joy to watch but the clock is ticking and he can't have too many more chances left at Town to prove his worth. Fingers crossed this is the return we've all been hoping for from Teddy.

Alexwaddell added 13:28 - Dec 13
Yes 2 new signings, but unfortunately because of rotation every game is like 11 new signings

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