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Cameron Pring wants his place back in Walsall's XI

Cameron Pring is eyeing a Walsall starting spot against Cheltenham after returning from injury.

Cameron Pring
Cameron Pring

The full-back, on loan from Bristol City, was a mainstay in Darrell Clarke’s team until he damaged ligaments in his ankle in the 0-0 draw against Colchester.

He hasn’t featured since, missing seven games in all competitions, but he did start a reserve game on Tuesday.

Now, the 21-year-old, who came through the youth ranks at Cheltenham and played there on-loan last season, is hoping he’s involved to mark his return to the first team.

“I’ll be buzzing if I’m involved,” Pring said.

“Hopefully, fingers crossed, it will be nice to take on a team I’ve played with before.

“I got through it well (reserve game), I’m feeling fit.

“It’s been around a month now, the ankle’s feeling a lot better so I’m feeling a lot fitter.

“It’s always frustrating being injured, being in the gym and watching the lads train.

“Rev (Marc Czuczman) has helped me a lot with the gym work he’s done with me, he’s got me back fit.

“When I did it, it wasn’t going to be until six-eight weeks, but I’ve pushed on quite well and it seems really strong now.”

Several players have been on the treatment table for Walsall in recent weeks, including Shay Facey, Caolan Lavery and Danny Guthrie.

And while Clarke often keeps his cards close to his chest on injury updates, he did offer an insight into his players and their recovery.

“It’s good to get some minutes into Pringy (Cameron Pring),” he said. “Shay Facey as well, we’re disappointed in Shay because he was really starting to get into good form.

“He was due to play the game, three or four weeks ago, he was due to start and he hurt his groin.

“That was very disappointing for Shay because I think he was ready for a run in the team.

“But he’s out on the grass now, he needs a bit more training time but he’ll certainly be coming into my thought process when we get the next two days out the way.

“Danny Guthrie, it was a bit of a gamble putting him in Saturday.

“We’re trying to manage the situation he has at the minute, he’s a big player for us, but we need him right and we need him fit.

“I can understand why supporters sometimes get a little bit frustrated when they don’t know what’s happening with injuries, I don’t like to give too much away.

“Sometimes I don’t mind giving an assessment of where they are.

“We have Jack Kiersey as well who’s looked very promising pre-season but has had some minor problems that have been frustrating and we haven’t had him out on the grass and playing enough minutes.

“They’re not serious injuries and we’re hoping to get him back in the coming weeks.”

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