Date: 5th February 2015 at 7:14pm
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Skipper Alan Dunne has been singing from the Ian Holloway hymnsheet ahead of our game against Huddersfield, and talked about the ‘high spirit’ within the camp at the moment.

With a very busy January window for the club, and plenty of incomings and outgoings, Dunne told the official site that there was certainly a renewed vigour around the training pitch, and he feels the players are in a good place as we head into the final 18 Championship games of the season.

‘All the new players who have come in over the past month or so have made a positive impact. Spirit within the camp is very high and the players who have come in have definitely helped with that. Two clean sheets and four points from our last couple of games is certainly a good start with this new look squad. It provides us with a decent platform to progress between now and the end of the season.’

Dunne goes on to say that there is still obviously a big challenge ahead of us given the position we are in, but he’s confident we can improve our form and our results further – especially on home soil – and pull off another good escape and then really set ourselves up for a better season next term.

‘It will be a big challenge, our home form hasn’t been good enough for far too long but we are confident of turning that around over the next few months.’

As for Paris Cowan-Hall, Bobby Bacic has confirmed that he will not be undergoing surgery at this stage on his fractured tibia and the damage to the small stabilising knee ligament following the game against Reading.

Our physio is also quietly hopeful that the 24 year old could return before the end of the season.

‘Paris is making encouraging progress. He had a review yesterday and the plan from here is similar to what we did with Chris Taylor a few years ago, when we held off immediate surgery and gave the ligament a chance to naturally heal to the fracture site.’

Bacic says that if we operated now, he would definitely be out for the whole season, whereas this course of action gives him a chance if the healing process goes well. He will however be reviewed again in a few weeks, when he’s out of the protective brace, to see what progress he has made.

In other injury news, Lee Martin is rated as a short term injury from his bruised ribs and is making good progress, and he has been back in light outdoor training this week, and if he doesn’t have a reaction to today’s efforts, he’ll step it up a touch in tomorrow’s session.

Nicky Bailey’s torrid time with calf injuries may be at an end, as Bacic says he’s had a ‘positive week’ and has moved up to outdoor running, so the next step for him will be no reaction and then getting more involved with group training to bring him on further.

He admits, like Cowan-Hall though, Bailey needs luck with him to compliment the hard work he’s put in.

Long term injury Carlos Edwards is also progressing well, and Bacic says he’s been the golden boy in the gym, and he’s stepping up his work on general fitness and strength, but he’s two months off being allowed to return to running at the moment.

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