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Arveladze hopeful of Ingram return for trip to Peterborough

24 February 2022

Head Coach Shota Arveladze is hopeful that goalkeeper Matt Ingram will be available for selection for this weekend’s trip to Peterborough United having recovered from concussion.

The 28-year-old was taken off after a collision with Albert Adomah in last weekend’s draw against Queens Park Rangers, and subsequently missed the midweek defeat against Barnsley.

“I think he has a big chance to play the next game,” said Arveladze.

“He has a big chance to play because he will train with the group tomorrow (Friday). He’s feeling good so it’s very good news (for us).”

Arveladze also had positive news to deliver on the fitness of Mallik Wilks, who could feature in the squad for the first time since December’s trip to Nottingham Forest.

“He’s back,” added Arveladze.

“I spoke to him for quite a long time earlier. He’s a good lad and I hope he’ll give us a little bit of a lift with his speed and strength. I’m thinking about having him back (in the squad against Peterborough) but let’s see.”

In contrast, Marcus Forss has joined fellow forwards Allahyar Sayyadmanesh and Tom Eaves on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury in the defeat against Barnsley.

“We still have a chance (of having Forss back for next weekend’s visit of West Bromwich Albion) because the game after (Peterborough) is after a full week so we have an extra seven days that could be an advantage for the boys who have been out.

“He (Allahyar Sayyadmanesh) is recovering quick but he needs time because it’s a second degree groin injury which needs time to heal.

“It’s different with Tom (Eaves) because it’s a bruise. Normally he wouldn’t play in the game (against Sheffield United) but he wanted to play and help the team, but then it (his bruising) got a little bit worse. It swelled up and cost him another week of struggle. We need to be sure that it’s the right time for him to come back.”

Arveladze also confirmed that Callum Elder, Lewie Coyle and Randell Williams all also remain absent.

“(Callum) Elder is out after the game in London (against QPR), he still has a little problem with his muscles, it isn’t major but the games are coming too quickly for him to recover.

“(Lewie) Coyle will be out for a number of weeks I think, he’s going well but I think he will be out until the end for March.

“We must be very careful (with Randell Williams) and we’re not expecting him back in the next four to five weeks. It’s a long process for him coming back.”

As for goalkeeper Nathan Baxter, Arveladze says it is difficult to put a timeframe on his return to the squad.

“He’s been doing a couple of sessions, getting contact with the ball in his hands,” explained Arveladze.

“He’s not feeling fully comfortable with it, but one day he could not feel any pain and be fine or it could be five or six days.”

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