Catts out of cup tie but set for re­turn to train­ing

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Jack Ross ex­pects Lee Cat­ter­mole to be fit for the visit of Wy­combe Wan­der­ers next Satur­day.

The in­flu­en­tial mid­fielder missed the 2-0 win over Ply­mouth Ar­gyle last Satur­day with a foot prob­lem and will sit out the FA Cup clash with Port Vale to­mor­row.

Ross hopes that he will re­join his team-mates on the train­ing pitch next week and be fit for the League One clash.

“He should hope­fully, if every­thing goes to plan, train at the be­gin­ning of next week,” Ross said.

“He had a lit­tle is­sue with his foot but it has started to set­tle down and he did a lit­tle bit on the grass today [Fri­day].

“I haven’t spo­ken to the physio yet to see how that went but all be­ing well he’ll train next week and come back into the squad for the Wy­combe game.”

Ross has also been boosted by Den­ver Hume’s re­turn to train­ing. Hume in­jured his knee in the 2-2 draw with Peter­bor­ough at the start of Septem­ber, but is back work­ing with his team­mates.

Bryan Oviedo, who was not named in the Costa Rica squad for the up­com­ing in­ter­na­tional break, also trained af­ter miss­ing the Ply­mouth win with a calf prob­lem.

One player still miss­ing is Ethan Rob­son, who has been strug­gling with an an­kle prob­lem picked up in the 3-1 Check­a­trade Tro­phy win over Carlisle United. He is ex­pected to be out of ac­tion for an­other month.

“He had an­other scan dur­ing the week, we ex­pect it to be an­other three or four weeks,” Ross said.

“It’s frus­trat­ing for him, an­kle in­juries are never straight­for­ward. We’ve just got to be pa­tient with it.

“But he’s had that clar­ity again this week so we’re look­ing at pre-Christ­mas time that he might be back avail­able with us.”

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