LIVERPOOL are keeping a close eye on their Swindon Town contingent.

Lawrence Vigouroux returned to his parent club’s Melwood training base yesterday for his scheduled progress report with the club, but is expected to return to Beversbrook to train with Town today.

Reports are suggesting the injured duo of Jordan Williams and Kevin Stewart are on-track for returns next month.

Stewart limped out of Town’s Football League Trophy penalty win over Newport County at the start of September with a medial knee ligament injury. He has been back with Liverpool for the duration of his treatment.

The 22-year-old utility player was initially estimated to be out for eight to 10 weeks by former boss Mark Cooper, but looks set to miss a little while longer.

Stewart and Williams have been training away from the main training group as they recover, with the latter still working his way back from a build-up of fluid on his knee.

Although there has not been a firm date given for the return of either player reports suggest they could be back in full training before the new year.

Meanwhile, Walsall boss Dean Smith has backed his former scout Martin Ling to succeed on his return to management.

Smith, who worked for Ling when the latter was Leyton Orient boss, told the Express & Star: “We have lost a scout but I don’t mind, I’m just happy for him.

“Martin has been through a really tough time, but he deserves the opportunity because he is a good manager and he will prove that.

“He believes he can do the job and my advice was go and do it.

“He suffered with depression but he has come through it.

“Like Martin says, there are people in all walks of life who have an illness but overcome it and work in high rank jobs.”