Plymouth Argyle's Matt Lecointe is good to go after injury
PLYMOUTH Argyle's teenage striker Matt Lecointe has seen his progress slowed by a series of injuries this season.
The 18-year-old (above) has overcome those problems now, though, and is waiting for a chance to return to first team action.
Lecointe has not played for the Pilgrims since the 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers at Home Park on September 18.
He did, however, line-up for Argyle in their recent FA Youth Cup ties against Exeter City and Oxford United.
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Lecointe burst into Argyle's senior side as a 16-year-old apprentice at the beginning of last season.
The Plymouth-born prospect ended up making 22 appearances, including nine starts, during 2011/12 and scored two goals.
Lecointe began this term as a first choice striker for the Pilgrims. He started four matches and also made three substitute appearances before he was sidelined.
Argyle manager Carl Fletcher told Herald Sport: "I think Matty has been unfortunate. He has picked up a few little niggly injuries.
"It's just one of those things. He's going to get that when he's younger and he's growing and developing.
"Matty is a good player and has got plenty of time on his side.
"When you are younger and you get injuries, and you are not training all the time and not involved in games, that's a learning experience for the future.
"It will benefit him in the long run really. It's just something you have got to take on board about being a professional footballer.
"You are not always going to be able to train every day and play every weekend.
"There are going to be times, through no fault of your own, when you are going to have to sit out and you have to deal with that situation."
Lecointe has been followed through the youth ranks at Home Park by another talented teenage striker, Tyler Harvey.
The 17-year-old apprentice from Oreston made his Argyle debut as a second half substitute in the 1-0 defeat at Bradford City on Tuesday.
Harvey was given his chance by Fletcher after scoring regularly for the club's under-18s side this season.
"He came on and fitted in like we knew he would," said Fletcher.
"We are wary of his age but, at the end of the day, you don't know how they are going to get on until you throw them out there.
"He came on, got hold of the ball and kept it for us, like we expected him to."
Fletcher added: "He's scoring regularly for the youth team so his confidence is really high.
"It's great for a young lad to come on and get his debut. We are pleased for him."
Harvey is set to be part of Argyle's squad for their League Two game against Chesterfield at Home Park today (3pm).
Fletcher said: "He's a Plymouth lad and I think his family are all Argyle fans. It's a good part of my job, bringing youngsters on for their debut."