ANKLE-HIT AKINS ON THE MEND
JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink’s festive season may be brightened by the return of winger Lucas Akins from injury.
The 25-year-old has been out with an ankle problem, but Hasselbaink is hopeful Akins will be back on boxing day to face former side Tranmere Rovers.
“It is an annoying injury,” he said.“It’s not a big injury, it’s an awkward one.
“It’s on the bone in his ankle and he still has a bit of pain. But over the Christmas period I need everyone fit – or as many as possible.
“We are missing him because he gives us that little bit of extra speed we don’t have at this moment in time.”
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