SWINDON Town have confirmed that Luke Rooney has returned to first-team training ahead of the visit of Preston this weekend.

Rooney has trained away from the squad for several months after falling out of favour with former manager Paolo Di Canio.

The former Gillingham winger, who cost Town around £125,000 in January last year, has not featured for the Robins since the trip to Preston in September but he looks set to be included in the matchday squad this weekend.

A club statement read: "Luke Rooney returned to first team training on Thursday morning as preparations continued for the visit of Preston North End this weekend."