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Louis grateful for extra run-outs
THE opportunity to play in regular development squad matches this season ensured Louis Thompson was prepared for a sudden call-up to the Swindon Town starting XI on Saturday.
Thompson was told on Friday that he would be summoned for duty after Ryan Mason picked up a thigh injury which could rule the on-loan Tottenham midfielder out for up to a fortnight.
The 19-year-old stepped up manfully to play a major role in Swindon’s weekend success against Bristol City, and he credited gametime against the likes of Reading, West Brom and City in recent weeks for keeping him up to speed.
Asked by the Advertiser about the relevance of development games, he said: “They’re vital. You may not play at the weekend but you can keep your eye in by playing in these games.
“You’re not just playing youth teams, you’re playing lads who weren’t involved at the weekend at these clubs.
“People like Steven Reid and Zoltan Gera at West Brom, we went to play Bristol City recently and Flinty and the whole of their first team played.
“It’s not like you’re playing weakened opposition, you’re testing yourself against top players and it just gives you that little chance to be closer to the boys playing week in and week out.”
After preparing to sit on the bench for the visit of Chelsea, Thompson is now likely to be fighting it our with the likes of Juan Mata and Eden Hazard on Tuesday night, and he’s ready for the challenge - just so long as he can recuperate quickly enough after a draining week.
“You always think that someone could get injured and that’s why you train with the squad, so you’re ready to come in,” he said.
“It’s never nice to see someone get injured, you never want that, but I’m just hoping I can do a job for the team.
“It was a bit of a tough game on Wednesday as well, so it was all about recovery on Thursday and Friday and getting into it for Saturday.
“Now it’s the same for the Tuesday game, getting the legs back to how they were before the two games previous.”
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