No wor­ries over Fuller

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Barry Fuller looks set to shake off the knock that led to his sub­sti­tu­tion last week­end. The full-back went off in­jured with 15 min­utes left of Gilling­ham’s FA Cup game at Slough. “He should be all right,” said boss Steve Lovell. “He would have car­ried on if we asked him to but there was no point in risk­ing him. “Luke O’Neill (his re­place­ment) has done well and the full-back po­si­tions are quite strong. They are all fight­ing for their places.” Fuller, the old­est player on Gills’ books at 34, has made a big im­pres­sion on his re­turn to the club, forc­ing his way into the start­ing 11 and be­com­ing a reg­u­lar on ei­ther side of the de­fence. Lovell has been de­lighted with his sum­mer ac­qui­si­tion. “I knew what we were get­ting but I didn’t know that much about his fit­ness lev­els,” he ad­mit­ted. “I went through his stats and thought, ‘flip­ping heck, if he has played all those games for Wim­ble­don then he is pretty fit’. “I rang a few peo­ple and they said he is one of the fittest fel­las you would meet. His fit­ness is up with the likes of (former cap­tain) Lee Mar­tin. “He signed and said to me he is here to play. He didn’t start be­cause Luke had a good sea­son last year but he fought his way in and is there on merit.” Fuller is on a one-year deal and Lovell isn’t look­ing beyond that but he sees no rea­son why the de­fender can’t pro­long his ca­reer. “If he car­ries on the way he is there is no rea­son why he can’t,” Lovell said. Gills will be with­out mid­fielder Cal­lum Reilly this week­end. Reilly is serv­ing the sec­ond of a two-game ban.

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