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Town boss keen for end to injury problems
MARK Cooper is hopeful Swindon Town have broken the back of their injury “crisis”.
Ryan Mason returns to the Robins’ matchday squad this evening for the visit of Notts County while Ryan Harley could be back in the frame when Cooper takes his side to Oldham next Saturday.
That leaves Tijane Reis and Alex Smith as the two remaining notable absentees for Town, a luxurious position compared to that which Cooper found himself in four weeks ago when he had question marks hanging over the fitness of eight players.
When asked if he felt his side’s injury problems were over, he told the Advertiser: “I hope so. You can never tell, but he will be involved in the squad and then Ryan Harley hopefully the week after. If we can get them both back then it’s going to be a nice problem for me.”
Despite forcing their way to seventh in recent weeks, Cooper thinks his depleted side should have done better.
“We should have beaten Wolves, we should have beaten MK Dons so I think we could be further forward than we are,” he said.
“Then again you could say we could have been held to a point against Tranmere, so it’s all swings and roundabouts.
“As a manager you’re greedy but I think we could have a few more points than we’ve got.
“We’ve had a spell of games where we’ve been stretched and we’ve been trying to patch things up and we’ve struggled to fill the bench.
“I’d much rather have it like it is now, when we’ve got more to choose from. Without being disrespectful to the ones on the bench you need you’re better players fit for most of the time.
“Once we get Ryan Harley back as well, we’ll be really strong.”
Two home games in the space of four days offers Swindon Town the perfect chance to break into the top six in League One, but Cooper isn’t allowing his players to get carried away.
“All it does is it gives us an opportunity to get points at home,” he said. If you look at our home record that says that we have a chance of getting something.
“If we don’t approach it in the right way tomorrow and don’t come here switched on and prepared for a real tough game we won’t get anything.
“That’s the work we’ve done this week, we’ve been trying to refocus the players after Saturday.”
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