Ince comes through test

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORTING INDEX -

CHEL­TENHAM Town pair Ro­han Ince and Will Boyle came through their re­turns from in­jury un­scathed in a 2-1 train­ing ground friendly win over Oxford United Un­der-23s on Tues­day.

De­fender Boyle had been out since the open­ing day of the sea­son with a calf prob­lem, but has been an un­used sub­sti­tute for the last two games.

Mid­fielder Ince, pictured, has made one ap­pear­ance for the Robins, but he was sent off af­ter 72 min­utes af­ter throw­ing a wa­ter bot­tle that hit the fourth of­fi­cial.

Af­ter serv­ing a five-match ban he was due to start at Craw­ley on Au­gust 31, but suf­fered a ham­string in­jury dur­ing the warm-up, rul­ing him out of the last five games.

Boyle played for around

50 min­utes against Oxford, while Ince was with­drawn af­ter an hour. Boss Michael Duff had a look at a tri­al­ist, who played for 85 min­utes at left wing-back. Striker Jonte Smith was not in­volved in Satur­day’s 1-1 home draw with Crewe and he also sat out Tues­day’s fix­ture due to a hip prob­lem. The Ber­muda in­ter­na­tional is due to re­turn to train­ing on Thurs­day, which would put him back in con­tention for Satur­day’s trip to Old­ham. That leaves front man Reuben Reid (knee), loan mid­fielder from Hull City Max Sheaf (ham­string) and left wing-back Josh De­bayo (groin) as the play­ers still work­ing their way back from in­juries. Chel­tenham won the match against Oxford 2-1, with goals from Alex Ad­dai and Ge­orge Lloyd af­ter they had fallen be­hind.

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