Fit-again striker will return for weekend trip to Trotters
PADDY Madden could make his Yeovil Town return at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday after manager Gary Johnson revealed he was fit enough to play a part.
The Republic of Ireland international has been sidelined since the end of last month with a knee injury sustained in training, but played an hour in a behind closed doors friendly with Torquay United on Tuesday.
Johnson reported that last season's League One top scorer showed no ill-effects of a "lively" 60-minute display where he scored twice and set up another in the 7-1 drubbing.
The boss said: "He looked nice and lively. Of course, with all due respect, the Torquay second XI is a bit different to the Championship but he looked like he had his Championship legs.
"He looked keen, full of running and he scored two very comfortable goals with what has been his bad leg for the past few weeks.
"It's now working out how ready he is and I've got to work out that with the staff. He's certainly clear of the injury, which is nice, and he certainly looks like he performed like he thought he was ready.
"There was no problem with his knee and it wasn't as if he was trying to get through it, he was doing a lot more than that and that was what we were pleased with.
"He was competing and that's when you know somebody is over their injury and that was the good part of it."
Johnson added he and his staff would now spend the rest of the week assessing how much of a part Madden could play in resuming his claim to become the first Yeovil striker to net in the Sky Bet Championship.
"He needed Wednesday to get over playing his first hour after four or five weeks," said Johnson. "
"But credit to our physios Simon Baker and Mike Micciche as they've been on to him all the time and they've been making sure he's been working.
"He's been a good patient. I'm sure he's available for selection, probably not for 90 minutes just yet, but he certainly looks ready for selection. It just gives us another option, of course."
James Hayter, Sam Hoskins, Michael Ngoo and two unnamed trialists also netted in the training encounter at Alvington.
Johnson said: "They were all lively. These are good games for us in the West Country. We played Webby (Byron Webster) because it's a training game as opposed to any official game and we can keep his fitness up.
"We were pleased with all of them. It gives Chris Dunn another game where he's had some saves to make so all in all it was good all-round. We do look a strong unit in these games. We were very pleased with the workout."
Bristol City loanee Liam Fontaine is back at Ashton Gate receiving treatment on a grade one hamstring strain.
He will miss both Saturday's trip to Bolton and Tuesday's visit of Leicester City, whilst also being a doubt to face Middlesbrough.
Johnson admitted he was considering adding a loanee to cover his absence and said: "We're looking at it, but you've got to be careful and you've got to make sure you're bringing in someone who's going to make a difference.
"It's only a grade one, which is the least of the grades with three being a nightmare. I spoke to him on Monday and he's having his initial treatment in Bristol and we will see how he comes through that. It's always ten days at least so we certainly won't have him for Saturday or Tuesday and we will be sweating on the following Saturday."
THE Glovers will take a team to Wincanton Town for a friendly on Tuesday, October 15 as the Toolstation Western League Premier Division club officially unveil floodlights installed over the summer.
Paul Down's men needed to make the ground improvement to help seal promotion from the Dorset Premier League. The game will kick off at 7.30pm
See Page 109 to read about Wincanton's stunning start to life at the new level.