GRANT Hall requires one more outing in a development squad fixture before he can be considered for first-team action, according to Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper.
Hall played in part of Town’s 9-0 victory over a Caribbean academy side at the County Ground on Wednesday after missing nine weeks with a calf injury sustained at Gillingham in January, and he will soon be available to Cooper when it comes to selecting his matchday squads for Swindon’s remaining League One fixtures.
However, the Robins boss feels the Tottenham loanee needs one more test of his strength and stamina - and he hopes to arrange another development game next week.
“Grant Hall played for a percentage of the game,” Cooper said in his media briefing on Thursday ahead of the trip to Carlisle United this weekend. “He probably needs another game next week, which we’ll try to get for him.”
Alex Pritchard also featured for the development side on Wednesday ahead of his return from suspension at Brunton Park “It was good to get Pritch half a game and one or two others who maybe haven’t been able to get one recently. We’ve got quite a full squad at the minute,” said Cooper.
“What it means is that you can freshen it up if you need to. With Easter coming up we play Friday and Monday so it enables us to freshen things up if we feel we need to and it creates competition for places as well.”