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Dom closing in on first team return

Good news for the striker, but Tony Mowbray says Derrick Williams is still a little way off full fitness

23 July 2019

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After almost a year out of action, Tony Mowbray has revealed that Dominic Samuel is close to returning to action.

It was the night of Wednesday 22nd August, against former club Reading, that saw Samuel hobble off the Ewood Park turf with an injury that was later revealed to be knee ligament damage.

He's missed every game since, but is now back in full training and close to being back in match action.

“I think we might see Dominic off the bench at Bury or Blackpool," Tony said.

"He’s in full training now and we’re trying to drip him in bit by bit.

“He looks fit, extremely lean, agile and fast. He’s back in full training now and let’s see. He could be something like a bonus ball for us.

“I’m really pleased with how he’s looking in training so let’s see if he can help the team this season.

“He’s been out for a long, long time. You can’t just throw him straight in. You have to have the confidence to go back on the pitch and do what you’re good at.

“We maybe need to give him an environment where the glare isn’t on him straight away. He will probably have to play a couple of Under-23s games as well and get game time under his belt."

But there's more frustrating news on Derrick Williams, who has missed all of pre-season so far.

“Derrick’s had a calf strain and that’s been really frustrating for both Derrick and us," Mowbray added

“The way that it was for him, it’s been a six-week injury and it’s meant he’s been unavailable to us.

“As for Sam Gallagher, he was left out of the weekend game at Rangers because we knew it would be an intense encounter. I left him at home to stop the temptation of throwing him on off the bench."

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