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SWINDON TOWN: Thompson given all-clear on ankle knock
NATHAN Thompson expects to be available for selection for Swindon Town this weekend after a scan revealed no major damage to his ankle.
The full-back was examined by doctors on Monday to assess the effects of Kevin Davies’s strong tackle in the first half of Town’s 2-1 defeat to Preston on Saturday.
While the scarring caused by the challenge remains, Thompson has been told that it is purely superficial and he will not need to spend any time out of the game.
He told the Advertiser: “Basically the doctor said it was bruising in there but the knock was on the nerve. That usually gives the pain and it normally takes two to three days to settle down.
“It’s nothing longer lasting than that and hopefully I’ll be in contention for Saturday.
“I think I knew deep down that it wasn’t as severe as last season but you can never be sure with these sort of injuries. I was lucky that the doctor said there was nothing too much to worry about.
“I’m raring to go on Saturday.”
Thompson’s brother Louis suggested Davies’s tackle on his elder sibling warranted a red card, but Nathan did not want to get drawn into that debate.
“It’s frustrating but you’ve got to expect it, especially with the way we play football now.
“Teams who maybe can’t compete with us playing football maybe have to rough us up slightly and get in our faces, and it unsettles you,” he said.
"What we need to do now is get on the training ground and think about how we’re going to play against teams that come and set up like that.
“The one on me happened too quickly. I’d like to see it again on camera and I didn’t see the one on Grant. The referee when I was down told me he felt the player was just overstretching and that’s why he didn’t even give him a yellow. It’s difficult to say, it’s football.
“I don’t want to say he’s made a bad decision but I just think they’ve got to be consistent with it. If you’re going to give Nathan Byrne a red card for that then surely Kevin Davies is a red, but I don’t want to get dragged into it too much.”
Thompson believes Preston won’t be the last team to use physicality as a weapon against Swindon this season.
“The best way to try to stop it is to get the ball down on the floor and pass it about,” he said. “I felt on Saturday we didn’t do that. We were a little sloppy to start and when a couple of mistakes settle in it becomes a catalogue of errors.
“It’s so disappointing when we did so well against Bristol City and we did well against Chelsea.”
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