SWINDON TOWN: Archibald-Henville closing in on return

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Swindon Town's Troy Archville-Henville Swindon Town's Troy Archville-Henville

TROY Archibald-Henville is just one development game away from being ready for a first-team return, according to Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper.

The defender, who has not played for Town since November 2012, underwent knee surgery over the summer but has returned to full training and played 45 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly against Birmingham City on Tuesday.

Now Cooper reckons the 25-year-old is on the verge of a comeback - though he hinted that Archibald-Henville could be sent out on loan this month.

The prognosis for Tijane Reis is not quite as positive, however. Reis also played against Birmingham but Cooper considers the Portuguese to be several weeks behind Archibald-Henville in his recovery from a knee operation.

“Troy did well, he passed the ball well which is a strength of his. He obviously needed a game because you can’t replicate match fitness,” Cooper told the Advertiser.

“He and Tijane both needed a game. I would say Tijane is probably a little bit behind Troy in terms of being ready for the first team but they both needed the game and hopefully we can get a couple more into them.

“I think Troy with another game would be ready to go or play. He’d be ready to help us or, if he were to go on loan to get some fitness, he’d be ready.

“Tijane I think is a little bit further away.”

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7:16am Thu 9 Jan 14

jayden says...

Can't see him playing for us as we will have to pay Exeter another 20 K after 7 more games.
Can't see him playing for us as we will have to pay Exeter another 20 K after 7 more games. jayden
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7:19am Thu 9 Jan 14

sadgit says...

Seems like we are more interested in putting him out on loan than shoring up our leaky defence.
Seems like we are more interested in putting him out on loan than shoring up our leaky defence. sadgit
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7:44am Thu 9 Jan 14

grove red says...

Shame would like to see troy back in a swindon shirt as hes just what we need at the back. Strong physical presence and pace and most of all experience.
Shame would like to see troy back in a swindon shirt as hes just what we need at the back. Strong physical presence and pace and most of all experience. grove red
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8:18am Thu 9 Jan 14

jayden says...

I would add that he would be a asset at set plays in both boxes if played. Good luck to the guy and hope his best days are to come either here or else where.
I would add that he would be a asset at set plays in both boxes if played. Good luck to the guy and hope his best days are to come either here or else where. jayden
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9:36am Thu 9 Jan 14

umpcah says...

I predict Troy going out on loan, doing OK and then taking up the offer of a permanent move to the borrowing club. We shall then hear about his superb performances !
I predict Troy going out on loan, doing OK and then taking up the offer of a permanent move to the borrowing club. We shall then hear about his superb performances ! umpcah
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10:06am Thu 9 Jan 14

Di kanny oh says...

I see him yesterday looks well fit and seems to grow taller every time I see him one big dude. A fit TAH would be just what we want at present and sod the payments for appearances issue surely we are not that skint. Its only about 60k so surely if he delivers its worth it. Would rather he do it here than another club if he's fit.
I see him yesterday looks well fit and seems to grow taller every time I see him one big dude. A fit TAH would be just what we want at present and sod the payments for appearances issue surely we are not that skint. Its only about 60k so surely if he delivers its worth it. Would rather he do it here than another club if he's fit. Di kanny oh
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10:12am Thu 9 Jan 14

old town robin says...

umpcah wrote:
I predict Troy going out on loan, doing OK and then taking up the offer of a permanent move to the borrowing club. We shall then hear about his superb performances !
He did brilliant at Carlisle earlier in the season, supposedly loaned out to get match fit he was the main stay for Greg Abbot's defence that were leaking goals before he arrived, within 4 or 5 games he had dragged them off the bottom with very few goals conceded before he got injured again.

I don't remember reading anywhere that Cooper intention was to bring him back to challenge Tweedledum and Tweedledee for a starting place, which as it turned out would have been a non-starter because of his injury. We have been lucky that Ward and Hall have gone so long without injury or we wouldn't have any cover other than Rossi Branco who is still waiting to make his league début. If he does send Troy our again, then surely he needs to think about bringing in extra cover, even if it is only for a month.
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: I predict Troy going out on loan, doing OK and then taking up the offer of a permanent move to the borrowing club. We shall then hear about his superb performances ![/p][/quote]He did brilliant at Carlisle earlier in the season, supposedly loaned out to get match fit he was the main stay for Greg Abbot's defence that were leaking goals before he arrived, within 4 or 5 games he had dragged them off the bottom with very few goals conceded before he got injured again. I don't remember reading anywhere that Cooper intention was to bring him back to challenge Tweedledum and Tweedledee for a starting place, which as it turned out would have been a non-starter because of his injury. We have been lucky that Ward and Hall have gone so long without injury or we wouldn't have any cover other than Rossi Branco who is still waiting to make his league début. If he does send Troy our again, then surely he needs to think about bringing in extra cover, even if it is only for a month. old town robin
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12:55pm Thu 9 Jan 14

jayden says...

Di kanny oh wrote:
I see him yesterday looks well fit and seems to grow taller every time I see him one big dude. A fit TAH would be just what we want at present and sod the payments for appearances issue surely we are not that skint. Its only about 60k so surely if he delivers its worth it. Would rather he do it here than another club if he's fit.
Bit more than that try again.
[quote][p][bold]Di kanny oh[/bold] wrote: I see him yesterday looks well fit and seems to grow taller every time I see him one big dude. A fit TAH would be just what we want at present and sod the payments for appearances issue surely we are not that skint. Its only about 60k so surely if he delivers its worth it. Would rather he do it here than another club if he's fit.[/p][/quote]Bit more than that try again. jayden
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10:03pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Di kanny oh says...

old town robin wrote:
umpcah wrote:
I predict Troy going out on loan, doing OK and then taking up the offer of a permanent move to the borrowing club. We shall then hear about his superb performances !
He did brilliant at Carlisle earlier in the season, supposedly loaned out to get match fit he was the main stay for Greg Abbot's defence that were leaking goals before he arrived, within 4 or 5 games he had dragged them off the bottom with very few goals conceded before he got injured again.

I don't remember reading anywhere that Cooper intention was to bring him back to challenge Tweedledum and Tweedledee for a starting place, which as it turned out would have been a non-starter because of his injury. We have been lucky that Ward and Hall have gone so long without injury or we wouldn't have any cover other than Rossi Branco who is still waiting to make his league début. If he does send Troy our again, then surely he needs to think about bringing in extra cover, even if it is only for a month.
Branco came on for Hall at Bradford and did very well especially as we were under the cosh and I am sure he was MOM for us.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: I predict Troy going out on loan, doing OK and then taking up the offer of a permanent move to the borrowing club. We shall then hear about his superb performances ![/p][/quote]He did brilliant at Carlisle earlier in the season, supposedly loaned out to get match fit he was the main stay for Greg Abbot's defence that were leaking goals before he arrived, within 4 or 5 games he had dragged them off the bottom with very few goals conceded before he got injured again. I don't remember reading anywhere that Cooper intention was to bring him back to challenge Tweedledum and Tweedledee for a starting place, which as it turned out would have been a non-starter because of his injury. We have been lucky that Ward and Hall have gone so long without injury or we wouldn't have any cover other than Rossi Branco who is still waiting to make his league début. If he does send Troy our again, then surely he needs to think about bringing in extra cover, even if it is only for a month.[/p][/quote]Branco came on for Hall at Bradford and did very well especially as we were under the cosh and I am sure he was MOM for us. Di kanny oh
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