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Troy and Tijane closing in on Town return
TROY Archibald-Henville and Tijane Reis are ahead of schedule in their comebacks from knee surgery, and both players could return to full training next week.
The pair were previously expected to still be in the gym doing rehabilitation work until the new year, but their respective recoveries have accelerated in recent days and Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper is now preparing for their imminent availability.
Archibald-Henville will definitely start training with the Town squad on Monday, while Reis looks set to follow in his footsteps over the Christmas period.
“Troy are Tijane are at the latter stages now and Troy will certainly be joining in with us on Monday,” said Cooper. “We’ll see how Tijane goes over the next two days and if he does well he’ll join in as well.
“If those two come back fit it could solve a lot of problems.”
The terms of Archibald-Henville’s transfer from Exeter in 2012 requires Swindon to pay his former club £20,000 every time the defender clocks up 15 appearances for the Robins, up to a total of 60.
The ex-Tottenham trainee has managed eight run-outs in a Town shirt to date and Cooper is unsure whether the potential expense of playing the centre-back will get in the way.
“I’m not sure but if we are going to go out and get another centre-half it’s going to cost you,” he said. “So it’s six and two threes, whichever way we choose to go about it.”
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