The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By An­drew Law­ton

CHEL­TENHAM boss Gary Johnson won’t be on the side­lines for a few weeks as he re­cov­ers from suc­cess­ful heart surgery.

Johnson missed last week­end’s clash at Don­caster Rovers af­ter go­ing down with a heavy cold but con­tin­ued to feel un­well and was sub­se­quently ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal.

The 61-year-old un­der­went the pro­ce­dure on Thurs­day and is now ex­pected to miss the next few weeks as he re­cu­per­ates, though the prog­no­sis for a swift and full re­cov­ery is good.

As­sis­tant man­ager Rus­sell Mil­ton will take con­trol of first-team matters and Robins chair­man Paul Baker wished Johnson the best.

“We wish Gary a full and speedy re­cov­ery from his op­er­a­tion and we will be of­fer­ing our full sup­port to him and his fam­ily over the next few weeks,” said Baker.

“The most im­por­tant thing is that Gary re­turns to full health. The back­room staff, led by Rus­sell, are more than ca­pa­ble of run­ning things in his ab­sence.

“We look for­ward to wel­com­ing Gary back once he has been cleared to re­turn to work, but, re­al­is­ti­cally, this may take some time.

“The board will give Gary their full sup­port in his re­cov­ery process.”

SURGERY: Gary Johnson

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