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Coulson and Walton Closing in on Returns, Aluko Back But Setback for Nolan
Friday, 8th Oct 2021 09:35

Town boss Paul Cook says left-back Hayden Coulson and keeper Christian Walton should return to the first-team squad next week, while forward Sone Aluko is available for tomorrow’s home game with Shrewsbury having got over the illness which saw him miss the trip to Gillingham in midweek, but midfielder Jon Nolan has suffered a setback.

Coulson suffered an injury in the second half of the game at Lincoln but Cook says the on-loan Middlesbrough man is very much on the mend.

“If I’m not mistaken, Hayden will start coming into the reckoning from next week,” he said. “I think he’s progressing really well behind the scenes and hopefully after this weekend I’m sure he’ll be looking to get on the grass and join back with the first team, so fingers crossed for Hayden.

“It was a little bit of a thigh problem, he’s had good rehabilitation now. The Lincoln game was three weeks ago tomorrow and he’s progressing really well. He’s not going to be out long-term.”

Walton, who is on loan from Brighton, suffered an adductor problem in training prior to the visit to Sincil Bank and is in much the same position.

“Very, very similar,” Cook continued. “Christian’s been back on the grass this week, so he’s progressing really well. I would suggest, and I might be wrong, possibly available for next weekend.”

Sone Aluko missed Tuesday’s 2-0 win at Gillingham due to illness but Cook says the Nigerian international is now fine.

“One hundred per cent back and in the squad,” he said. “Sone had a little virus for a day or two that knocked him back, and I think there’s been a lot of it around.

“I think there’s a lot, especially on the back of Covid where everyone might think if you’ve got something you’ve got Covid and sometimes it’s just a little flu symptom.

“But Sone’s over that now, he trained well yesterday, really, really well, and Sone’s someone who has been knocking on the door to play.

“I was really disappointed that he didn’t start at Gillingham on Tuesday because I was really looking forward to seeing him play.

“He trains really, really well and he’s a really infectious footballer, and they’re the type of players we like.”

Midfielder Nolan picked up a knee injury in training the day Cook took charge of the club in March and then suffered a calf problem at the start of pre-season.

The Merseysider was back on the bench for the Papa John’s Trophy tie against West Ham’s U21s last month without making it on to the field, but Cook says has suffered a further blow.

“Jon’s had a little bit of a setback in training, I think the club will probably speak about it shortly,” he said.

“And it’s really disappointing for Jon. Jon was looking really good, he was looking strong in training and obviously the setbacks, while disappointing for us, are a lot more disappointing for Jon himself because he can’t get on the pitch and play.

“Obviously Jon will be addressed and looked after the best way we can until the point where he gets back to being fit.”

Cook added: “We are where we are with the injuries, I think the squad will be selected from the lads at Accrington last week, that lads who played at Gillingham, obviously minus Bersant Celina.”

Town will be without forward Celina as he is away on international duty with Kosovo and Cook says he knows who will replace the on-loan Dijon man in his side.

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ThaiBlue added 09:46 - Oct 8
Just pay nolan off,waste of time for the club.

ArnieM added 09:49 - Oct 8
“Set back for Nolan”. How long has he been out now ??

Ipswichbusiness added 09:51 - Oct 8
“… he’s a really infectious footballer.”

Perhaps not the best way to describe someone who has just had a virus!

herfie added 09:52 - Oct 8
Great that players are well on the way back - although, in some (good) respects adds to PC’s dilemma as to who constitutes his best starting line up!

Not sure, however, what to make of his comments regarding Jon Nolan. Obviously wish him a speedy recovery, but thought there was an ominous tinge to PC’s comments. Watch and shoot…..

Bazza8564 added 09:57 - Oct 8
Forget Nolan we have a match to win and plenty of players available.

Most of the side picks itself for me so the interesting one is the 10. Assuming Burns and Edwards play in the two side roles its between Fraser Chaplin and Celina foe the spot with Bonne.

And no I wouldn't consider Harper for it, I think hes a much better creative player in teh Evans mold so for me its

Hladky, Janoi, Burgess, Edmundson, Penney, Evans & Morsy, Burns Edards and probably Fraser with Bonne.

Bench, Holy, Woolfenden, Harper, Aluso Chaplin, Celina, Pigott.

And that really ought to be enough !!!


Bazza8564 added 09:58 - Oct 8
And so so many spelling mistakes oops

Marinersnose added 10:06 - Oct 8
Surely El Mizouni should start if Cook is a man of his word. Outstanding in midweek and Evans off the pace at Accrington. Centre backs also must be pushing for a start due to midweek performances. Cook has reward players with good performances or their hard work is in vein. Too many appear to have the shirt regardless of their performance which sends out mixed messages. After midweek these players deserve a chance as they actually done the job at Gillingham. Time to stop the excuses and start playing to capacity and winning games. We are massively underachieving


KiwiTractor added 10:14 - Oct 8
Not sure Edwards did enough mid-week to get a start? Maybe Fraser, Chaplin, Burns as the 3...

Tokey added 10:29 - Oct 8
You've got to have some sympathy for Nolan, I'm pretty sure he just wants to be playing. I'm a big fan and think he would do well in a good side.


itk92 added 10:32 - Oct 8
You really think Nolan is enjoying being stuck with physios and not being with the boys? It’s clear who on here knows football and who’s an absolute belter. Idiots

BlueBlood90 added 10:39 - Oct 8
Jon Nolan has to go down as one of the worst wastes of money this club has ever spent.

I'd like to see Chaplin given the nod tomorrow as he's scored a couple of goals in recent weeks. Edwards' pace off the bench second half could be lethal.

Len_Brennan added 10:50 - Oct 8
I wish Nolan well; he's not my favourite player by any stretch, but when fit he is more than decent at League 1 level, and would be a starter for most clubs in this division.
Reading between the lines of Cook's comments, I would imagine that his contract is about to be terminated, by mutual consent, in the immediate future.
He'll be able to find a new club & restart his career, without having to wait for the next window. He's not one for the holding midfielder roles in a 4-2-3-1 and with Fraser, Celina, Chaplin, Barry, Pigott, Aluko & now Harper all ahead of him for the #10 / central attacker position, there isn't really a future for him here, even when fully fit.

blues1 added 11:07 - Oct 8
Bazza8564. Not just spelling mistakes. You also have Celina on the bench?

Cloddyseedbed added 11:10 - Oct 8
Obviously more to it with Nolan than just recovering from injury. The club have a duty to get him fit but unfortunately don't seem able to. Couldn't last season either. Think best for all concerned that an agreement to be reached between player and club. Both need to move on.

blues1 added 11:11 - Oct 8
Marinersnose. Yes, Evans was off the pace at accrington. As was everybody else. Evans scored a hattrick in our last home game tho. So why would he be dropped for this one.

istanblue added 13:37 - Oct 8
Nolan is another one of Hurst's wasters that should've been culled in the summer along with Jackson and Nsiala.

ringwoodblue added 13:38 - Oct 8
I still think it would benefit all concerned if Nolan found a new club. Jackson was ok when paired upfront with Norwood but doesn’t work as a lone striker or out wide so he should go too.

Will be good to get Coulson back and it’ll be interesting if Hladky keeps his place when Walton is fit again.

grinch added 16:26 - Oct 8
Got to have Nors on bench he will add something different and Idris on bench unless he is used in stronger midfield and we only have burns and fraser with Bonne up the top line edwards can replace either Fraser or burns when he runs out of steam at 65 mins the back four should not be changed at all those at Gillingham would add nothing in that area and donacien and burns are linking well as they did for Fleetwood last season

KiwiBlue2 added 00:56 - Oct 9
While he works his way to full fitness I would like to see Edwards come off the bench around the 60 minute mark.
While preferring 2 up front obviously Cook will stick with just one, Bonne. That would mean the three behind Bonne to start are likely to be Fraser- Chaplin-Burns. While Idris is progressing very well it would be tough to drop Evans just yet given his hattrick against Donny.
A bolter for the No 10 role could be Piggot but I think Chaplin did enough on Tuesday to be given that chance. The bench is going to be pretty strong with Norwood, Idris, probably Piggot, and Barrie. Fingers crossed for a good 3or 4-0 res coyb

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