Lewis Young's return to fitness is like a new signing for Yeovil Town
Lewis Young moved one step closer to full fitness this week with manager Gary Johnson comparing his training return to the arrival of a new signing.
The winger has been missing since the beginning of October when he damaged ligaments sliding off the pitch just moments after coming on as a half-time substitute against Portsmouth.
Bone bruising has extended Young’s time on the sidelines, but Johnson revealed that the brother of Manchester United star Ashley is nearing first team availability and could get a run out in a practice match this week if wintery conditions allow the game to go ahead.
The boss said: “He trained for the first time this week and he is looking quite sharp. He is not a million miles away and we are pleased with his progress.
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“It has been a long time but it was an unfortunate injury as bone bruising takes a long time to recover. He’s had a good couple of days and that’s why we want these practice games amongst ourselves so they can all get a bit of game time.
“We have had a very small squad and with all due respect we have had to have a couple of young lads on the bench and haven’t been able to name seven subs. It’s pointless filling your club with more and more pros when you know you’ve got lads coming back.
“It’s a little bit of a juggling act and more of a plate spinning act to keep it going. We’ve done that to keep it going every time we play and it’s good that we’re still competing for a play-off place at the end of January.
“We want to be there competing at the death so these players coming back like Nathan Ralph and Youngy are like new signings because if you remember they were the cavalry that we were bringing on to win games. We lost that but we will have that back soon.”
Ralph returned from a knee injury and surgery at the end of last month.