AN­KLE-HIT AKINS ON THE MEND

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

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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