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SWINDON TOWN: Tijane treatment delayed
TIJANE Reis has yet to be treated at the National Football Centre because St George’s Park’s facilities were over-subscribed when he was first due to visit.
The winger, who is suffering from a knee injury, was expected to make the trip to the Football Association’s flagship centre more than a week ago but was denied the chance to receive one-on-one treatment because too many individuals were booked in at once, according to manager Mark Cooper.
Reis is now due to go to the Burton-based unit in the coming days, where specialists will try to accelerate his recovery. The Portuguese has already received a series of injections on the troublesome area.
Cooper told the Advertiser last night: “He was supposed to go to St George’s Park and he ended up not going because it was oversubscribed. He’s due to go up there soon. There’s nothing we can really do about it so we have to get on with it.”
Meanwhile, Cooper confirmed the identities of two trialists currently training with the squad.
The Advertiser yesterday broke the news that Yussuf Saleh and Sergi Perello Mba are on trial with the Robins, and Cooper revealed that both played in a 1-0 development team defeat to West Brom on Wednesday.
The Town boss said: “Mba is a forward and Yussuf Saleh is also with us. They have both done okay. Mba is only very young and Yussuf has been in Kazakhstan and he’s played in Sweden.”
Nathan Byrne, Miles Storey, Louis Thompson, Raphael and Mohamed El Gabbas were also part of the development squad in the West Midlands, with coach Luke Williams taking charge of affairs in the absence of Cooper - who last night was on scouting duty at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea’s clash with FC Basel.
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