Gozie Ugwu is in frame for first call to action for Plymouth Argyle
GOZIE UGWU could finally make a belated debut for Argyle in their relegation 'six-pointer' against Aldershot tomorrow.
The on-loan Reading striker returned to training with the Pilgrims squad yesterday morning after an ankle injury.
Provided he does not get any adverse reaction to that, the 19-year-old will be involved in the crunch clash at the Recreation Ground.
His initial one-month loan is set to end after Argyle's game against Oxford United at Home Park next Saturday.
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Defender Curtis Nelson has been sidelined for the second successive match by a groin injury, while 17-year-old striker Tyler Harvey is a doubt for the trip to Aldershot because of a sore knee.
Ugwu was signed by the Pilgrims two days before they were supposed to play at Southend United on January 19.
That game was postponed because of a frozen pitch and Ugwu then suffered his ankle injury in training at the end of the following week.
He has been out of action for the back-to-back 0-0 draws at home to Accrington Stanley and Dagenham and Redbridge.
Argyle manager John Sheridan said: "Gozie trained yesterday morning, which is good news, and hopefully he will come through it. I think the lad is desperate to get a game of football.
"It has been a frustrating time for him. The lad has come to play games and hopefully score goals for us.
"It's just one of those things. There isn't a lot you can do about it. He would have been involved if he felt as though he was fit enough to play."
Nelson had been a first team regular for three months until he was ruled out of the draw against Dagenham. Sheridan said: "He has got a sore groin. I think he could play but it's to his benefit that he gets some more treatment.
"Hopefully he will get better with it, instead of playing and aggravating it, and then being out for a lot longer."
Harvey did not take part in training yesterday, and according to Sheridan is 'probably struggling' for the game against 21st-placed Aldershot.
Goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin is still receiving treatment for a hamstring injury and it could be a couple of weeks before he is ready to return to action.
Jake Cole will continue between the posts for Argyle tomorrow, with Ollie Chenoweth on the substitutes' bench as cover for him.
Meanwhile, striker Warren Feeney has seen a specialist about his ankle injury and been given the go-ahead to step-up up his rehabilitation programme.
Feeney was hurt in the early stages of Argyle's 2-1 victory over Morecambe at Home Park on January 12, in what was Sheridan's first match as manager.
Sheridan said: "I think it's going to be a five or six week time-scale on Warren getting back, but apparently he's a quick healer.
"I know what he's like. He will be buzzing to get fit and playing."
Striker Nick Chadwick will sit out the fourth of his six-match suspension tomorrow after being sent-off in the 4-0 defeat at Port Vale on January 5.
THERE will be a report on Argyle's game against Aldershot on www.thisisplymouth.co.uk on Saturday night. You can also follow @ChrisErrington1 on twitter for updates.