JUSTIN’S EX­CITED BY LUKE RE­TURN

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By David Marsh

GILLING­HAM boss Justin Ed­in­burgh re­mains hope­ful that he will have striker Luke Nor­ris avail­able for se­lec­tion be­fore the end of the year.

Nor­ris has made ex­cel­lent progress in his re­cov­ery from an an­kle in­jury he sus­tained in Oc­to­ber whilst in ac­tion against Crewe.

Med­i­cal staff orig­i­nally ruled out Nor­ris’ par­tic­i­pa­tion un­til the end of De­cem­ber but the 22-year-old is look­ing to pull his boots back on ahead of sched­ule.

Be­fore he was struck by in­jury, the for­mer Brent­ford man had started ev­ery league game for the Gills and was a piv­otal part of the team, scor­ing three league goals.

And de­spite Ed­in­burgh se­cur­ing the ser­vices of Read­ing striker Do­minic Sa­muel on loan, he is ea­ger to have Nor­ris back fit.

“He is pro­gress­ing really well,” said the man­ager.

“Adam Roche has worked tire­lessly with him and he looks promis­ing.

“We were look­ing at 12 weeks but he is ahead of that and hope­fully by mid-De­cem­ber he could be back.”

MISSED: Luke Nor­ris

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