GOALKEEPER Jojo Wollacott could make his return for Swindon Town against Bristol Rovers in League Two on Saturday following Ghana's shock group-stage exit at the African Cup of Nations earlier this week.

Wollacott started all three of the four-time champions' pool matches as Ghana emerged bottom of Group C with just a point to their name following a disastrous campaign.

The Black Stars lost 1-0 against Morocco in the opening game before 10-man Ghana took a point against Gabon in the second fixture.

Needing a victory to give themselves a chance of progression as one of the four best third-place sides, Wollacott conceded three times as unfancied Comoros not only scored their first goal ever in the AFCON but also provided the shock of the tournament courtesy of a 3-2 win on Tuesday night.

With the post-mortem beginning over how one of the giants of African football were allowed to finish bottom of a group that contained a team ranked 80 places below them in FIFA's rankings, Wollacott will be hopeful of escaping Cameroon as quickly as possible and re-joining Ben Garner's Town squad as they continue their assault on promotion.

Should a fully-vaccinated Wollacott return a negative Covid test upon his return to England, the 25-year-old would stand a chance of starting against the Gas on Saturday as Swindon look to do the double over Joey Barton's side.

In reality, Garner is unlikely to throw his number one back into the fold after so much travelling and having not trained with the group for more than one or two days.

Not to mention, stand-in Lewis Ward has done a fine job in Wollacott's absence and many would argue he does not deserve to be cast aside merely because the club's number one is available again.

Other injury questions that need to be cleared up pertain to defender Mathieu Baudry and midfielder Jack Payne.

Baudry has been out for a couple of months with a leg-muscle issue while Payne damaged his knee when shooting during Swindon's 5-2 win over Northampton Town on New Year's Day.

After the 3-1 victory away to Port Vale last Saturday, Garner revealed both are now involved in light training again and could return soon.

Although, the feeling is that Wollacott, Baudry, and Payne are far more likely to be involved against Colchester United on January 29 than they are against Rovers this weekend.

Garner will be asked to confirm his players' availability during Friday morning's pre-match press conference.

Swindon Town would like to remind fans that tickets will NOT be available to buy on the day, and that Covid protocols will remain in place for the 1pm kick-off.