On-loan Spurs star Hall set to return to Swindon

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Grant Hall Grant Hall

GRANT Hall is poised to return to full training with Swindon Town next week after completing his rehabilitation from a calf injury at parent club Tottenham.

Hall, who has made 33 appearances for the Robins during his season-long loan stint in Wiltshire, has not featured since being stretchered off during Town’s 2-0 defeat at Gillingham on January 18.

The 22-year-old was originally ruled out for between six and eight weeks and the diagnosis appears to have been fairly accurate, according to Swindon manager Mark Cooper.

He told the Advertiser: “We’re waiting for him, he’s done most of his rehab at Tottenham. I think he’s going to play in a practice game there next week and then he should be back.

“He’s been down for Paul (Godfrey, Town physio) to have a look at him, I think he’s nearly there now so by the end of next week he should be back with us.”

Meanwhile, having been rested for the trip to Bristol City last weekend, Town captain Darren Ward is available for selection once again when Preston North End arrive at the County Ground tomorrow, and Cooper praised the veteran defender for the way he dealt with being stood down at Ashton Gate.

“Darren’s been an ultimate professional and if we think it’s right to put him back in the team we’ll put him back in,” he said.

Troy Archibald-Henville and Jack Stephens performed admirably at the heart of the Robins’ defence in Ward’s absence but Cooper remained coy when questioned about the selection headache he now faces.

“He (Troy) has trained this week as much as he can so he will be in the squad for the weekend. If he plays he’ll be a part,” he said. “If he plays like he did on Saturday he’ll be able to deal with most things.

“I think (Stephens) really enjoyed the experience and you read his quotes from the week and I think he thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and playing first-team football. No matter how many under 21 games you play you can’t replicate that first-team football effect. It will do him good.

“Yes, he did well on Saturday but that’s one game and we’re just looking for him to come in and do what he does. He can defend high up the pitch, he’s comfortable on the ball and he’s got decent pace. We’re looking forward to working with him.”

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7:49am Fri 21 Mar 14

Scouse Red says...

I'd keep the same duo of Stephens and TAH
I'd keep the same duo of Stephens and TAH Scouse Red
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8:29am Fri 21 Mar 14

GiulianoGrazioli says...

GK: Foderingham
LB: McEveley
CB: TAH
CB: Stephens
RB: N Thompson

MD: Luongo
MD: Kasim
MD: Tijane Reis
MF: A Smith

FWD: Storey
FWD: M Smith

SUBS:

GK: Belford
DF: Ward
MF: Gladwin
MF: Barker
STK: N'Guessan/Waldon



something like that? will be good to see Alex Smith back in the side!
GK: Foderingham LB: McEveley CB: TAH CB: Stephens RB: N Thompson MD: Luongo MD: Kasim MD: Tijane Reis MF: A Smith FWD: Storey FWD: M Smith SUBS: GK: Belford DF: Ward MF: Gladwin MF: Barker STK: N'Guessan/Waldon something like that? will be good to see Alex Smith back in the side! GiulianoGrazioli
  • Score: 2

10:15am Fri 21 Mar 14

Psychedelic Syd says...

Sorry. We really will be up against it if Hall is put back into the team, it's like giving the opposition an extra player. He must have more assists for the other side than anyone in the league. Troy has added solidity and the new kid is good, leave them alone we've had enough central defence blunders this season already.
Sorry. We really will be up against it if Hall is put back into the team, it's like giving the opposition an extra player. He must have more assists for the other side than anyone in the league. Troy has added solidity and the new kid is good, leave them alone we've had enough central defence blunders this season already. Psychedelic Syd
  • Score: 5

4:49pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

I wish Hall well but on what grounds is he described in the headline as a "Spurs star"? He's not been a star for Spurs, for Brighton or for us. I'm not having a go at the player. It's the way the Adver seems to think every footballer is a star that's annoying. Don Rogers, Charlie Austin, Peter Eastoe, Simon Cox, Wes Foderingham - to name a few - are players I would call stars. Nile Ranger is the closest thing we have to a star outfield player, when he chooses to behave himself.
I wish Hall well but on what grounds is he described in the headline as a "Spurs star"? He's not been a star for Spurs, for Brighton or for us. I'm not having a go at the player. It's the way the Adver seems to think every footballer is a star that's annoying. Don Rogers, Charlie Austin, Peter Eastoe, Simon Cox, Wes Foderingham - to name a few - are players I would call stars. Nile Ranger is the closest thing we have to a star outfield player, when he chooses to behave himself. Oi Den!
  • Score: 4

6:45am Sat 22 Mar 14

Cricklade Reds says...

Psychedelic Syd wrote:
Sorry. We really will be up against it if Hall is put back into the team, it's like giving the opposition an extra player. He must have more assists for the other side than anyone in the league. Troy has added solidity and the new kid is good, leave them alone we've had enough central defence blunders this season already.
I would have him over Ward, really think if he played with a partner like TAH or Stephens he would be good cover. Darren Ward it is over.
[quote][p][bold]Psychedelic Syd[/bold] wrote: Sorry. We really will be up against it if Hall is put back into the team, it's like giving the opposition an extra player. He must have more assists for the other side than anyone in the league. Troy has added solidity and the new kid is good, leave them alone we've had enough central defence blunders this season already.[/p][/quote]I would have him over Ward, really think if he played with a partner like TAH or Stephens he would be good cover. Darren Ward it is over. Cricklade Reds
  • Score: 1

12:27pm Sat 22 Mar 14

buckobassettboy says...

The ''twin peaks''-god forbid-of Ward and Hall cannot be allowed to step on to the County Ground again.Countless goals have been conceded by these two inept defenders and I believe they have contributed to our demise-ably assisted by the Manager or Power who insisted on selecting them.I concur with Cricklade Reds-Darren Ward is finished as a player and Hall can look elsewhere.
The ''twin peaks''-god forbid-of Ward and Hall cannot be allowed to step on to the County Ground again.Countless goals have been conceded by these two inept defenders and I believe they have contributed to our demise-ably assisted by the Manager or Power who insisted on selecting them.I concur with Cricklade Reds-Darren Ward is finished as a player and Hall can look elsewhere. buckobassettboy
  • Score: -2

9:07am Fri 4 Apr 14

london paolo says...

Gosh, when I read the headline I thought at first it meant he was coming back next season
Gosh, when I read the headline I thought at first it meant he was coming back next season london paolo
  • Score: -1

9:31am Fri 4 Apr 14

london paolo says...

I recommend staying overnight at the Trout Hotel at Cockermouth in Cumbria. Excellent smoked haddock and poached eggs for breakfast, among other things.

William Wordsworth was also born there. Now there was an English poet who would have been unlikely to describe Grant Hall as a 'star'.
I recommend staying overnight at the Trout Hotel at Cockermouth in Cumbria. Excellent smoked haddock and poached eggs for breakfast, among other things. William Wordsworth was also born there. Now there was an English poet who would have been unlikely to describe Grant Hall as a 'star'. london paolo
  • Score: -1

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