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SWINDON TOWN: Cox set to move out on loan
SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper believes Lee Cox could benefit from a spell out on loan as he steps up his recovery from a shoulder problem.
The midfielder, who has only made seven appearances since joining Town in January 2012, underwent surgery earlier this year but returned to action in a development game against Reading on Tuesday.
Having not featured for the Robins since a 2-0 defeat at Crewe on March 17 last year, Cox is very much on the periphery of the Swindon squad. But Cooper said he would not be completely discounted just yet.
“He’s probably still a couple of games short because he’s been out for a while. He played and did well at Reading,” he said. “He could possibly do with maybe a month where he can get himself tip-top.
“He’s a Swindon Town player, so for as long as I’m told he’s one of ours we will look at him and if we need to we will use him.”
Meanwhile, Town are still waiting for international clearance to be granted for Egyptian frontman Mohamed El Gabbas.
When asked when such permission might be granted, Cooper said: “You never know. It can be up to 28 days like it was with Tijane (Reis). It could arrive at any moment.
“It’s frustrating for him. He’s asked me again today ‘can you check, can you check’. It’s an email that drops in and that’s it.
“The only thing it does is gives him more time to get tip-top in terms of fitness and gets him ready for when he does get it.”
Meanwhile, first-year pro Mark Francis is the latest Swindon Town player to head out on loan, after joining AFC Totton.
Francis, who has struggled to break into the Robins’ first-team squad, has teamed up with the Southern Premier outfit on a short-term deal with the aim of getting match experience.
Francis is one of five Town youngsters currently out on loan - with Connor Waldon and Alex Ferguson at Frome, Leigh Bedwell at Banbury and Kayden Jackson at Swindon Supermarine.
Town manager Mark Cooper said: “We’ve got Connor and Alex out on loan, Mark Francis is going to Totton to play for a month and it’s important he gets games as well.
“The development games are good but they’ve still not got that edge. That’s good that they’re playing. Kayden Jackson is scoring goals for Swindon Supermarine, Leigh Bedwell has gone to Banbury.
“We are taking a great interest in their development, they’re watched every week.”
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