Striker Reuben Reid should be available to return to Yeovil Town action by the end of the month.

The 33-year-old has been missing with a hamstring injury picked up in a pre-season friendly at Weston-super-Mare in July.

Speaking ahead of the FA Cup first round tie at Yate Town, manager Darren Sarll also confirmed that he hoped one of defenders Luke Wilkinson and Morgan Williams would return for the weekend.

Morgan Williams has been back in training this week.

On Reid, he said: “Reuben is ahead of schedule and we should see him by the end of the month which will be a massive addition.

“Then we will just be waiting on (injured full-back) Mark (Little) and it will be nice at some stage this we will have a fully-fit squad.

The manager also revealed he spoke with with a Championship club about bringing an unnamed striker to the club who he described as “another young one.”

He added: “The timing is not right for them and it’s not quite right with us with the shape we are playing.”

Captain Wilkinson trained on Thursday having failed to get fit for last weekend’s goalless draw at Solihull Moors.

Williams has been pictured in training during the weekend and with centre half Max Hunt suspended, the return of one of the two of them has added importance.

Sarll added: “It is really promising with Morgan and Luke and we have been able to give Alex Bradley another week to cement the work he has been doing.

“I feel like October was going to be tough and I feel like we have broken the back of that and we are in the best form we have been in since our first four games of the season.”

The manager revealed that he did look to try to bring in another central defender better than stand-in skipper Josh Staunton but could not find anyone, leading to the signing of Mitch Rose.

But, the boss believes the returning defenders will bring a boost to his side which has picked up a win and a draw in their past two games.

He added: “I feel like we are making progress with this group, we are where we should be but we are playing well and I am excited to see where we can go.

We feel like we are moving and with Morgan and Luke doing more in training, the squad is getting better, and it is amazing how the squad looks different when players like that come back.

“All of those elements and the way we are playing, we have a lot to be positive about and I always think with these young teams they kick on in January.

Sarll said he would be talking with Middlesbrough about trying to keep left-back Jack Robinson for a longer spell when his loan comes to an end in January.

The 20-year-old filled in the centre of defence following the dismissal of Max Hunt at the weekend and has impressed the boss in his time.

He said: “I think Jack is a left-sided centre back in a back three, but I love him at left-back because of his passing ability.

“He does remind me a lot of (Carl) Dickinson even though he is far quicker than he was!

“Jack is loving his time with us and he has become a real important part of our team and he’s someone we will definitely be speaking to Middlesbrough about at the Christmas period.


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