PHIL Brown has earmarked Swindon Town’s Checkatrade Trophy clash with Plymouth Argyle as a potential return date for striker Kaiyne Woolery.

The Swindon striker is yet to feature this season after picking up a knee injury during the summer but after returning to training this week, Brown admits the frontman could make his first appearance of the year next Tuesday.

The 23-year-old joined for a reported fee of £350,000 and after a frustrating maiden season at the Energy Check County Ground, he made a total of 43 appearances, scoring five goals.

Speaking ahead of his potential opening appearance of the campaign, Brown says he was blown away with the quality Woolery possesses and believes his ability is that of a player from a higher division.

“Kaiyne Woolery is on the training ground fully now and I am looking at the game next week against Plymouth as his opener,” said Brown.

“Whether he gets half an hour, 45 minutes, an hour or starts the game, that I don’t know yet but if he spends another week on the training ground and trains the way he did on Monday then I can’t afford not to have that in the team.

“His pace is outstanding and his ability is outstanding. It is better than this division but you have to have the right mentality.

“You certainly need to have the right preparation and throwing him in at the deep end isn’t the answer.

“I have to pick the right time of when I bring him to the fore.”

Defender Chris Robertson is also due back on the training ground after he too suffered a long-term injury at the start of the season.

Once both Woolery and Robertson are back to full strength, Swindon will have a clean bill of health for the first time this year.

While Brown is buoyed by the idea of having a full quota of players to pick from, he says his players must curb their current red card trend.

“Chris Robertson is back on the training ground on Thursday, so people are starting to come to the party which is music to my ears,” he added.

“If we can get rid of the red cards we might have a run of games where we have the same team and the same subs.

“We have had four already. So we’ve been without a layer for 10 games, which is because we had three games with someone out and then Matthew Taylor is out for one.”