Ryan Hawkins is back fighting fit and King’s Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse admits it will be a huge boost to the club when he returns on the pitch.
Mattishall-based Hawkins, 22, has been sidelined since early February after suffering a sickening seven-inch gash on his left shin during Lynn’s 1-1 draw at Cirencester.
Now, the attacking midfielder, who required surgery on his injury, is back in training and close to a return, although Culverhouse has revealed that Hawkins will not be rushed back into the team for his own sake.
Culverhouse said: “It’s great news that Ryan is back in training. He’s been given a programme of work by physio Phil Ward and we will see how he goes.
“I don’t want to rush him back and I will be guided by him. I’d rather have Ryan back fully fit and ready for next season rather than bring him back too soon this campaign.
“It is excellent news that he is getting back to fitness. He is a very exciting prospect for this football club and fans were just beginning to see the best of him when he got injured.
“As a player, he’s got so much in his locker. He has got lots of pace and can deliver a great ball into the box.”
Hawkins, who still remains in a little bit of discomfort with his injury, returned to training a fortnight ago and could be seen back in a Linnets shirt as early as Easter.
He recently took to Twitter to say: “Looking forward to being back with the lads at @officialkltown training for my first session back.”
Midfielder Conor Marshall, who has been sidelined for almost 18 months with a cruciate ligament injury, continued his rehabilitation when featuring for the Reserves at the weekend.
Tonight, the Linnets host Hawkins’ former club St Neots, who are now managed by ex-Linnet Matty Clements.
Dangerman for the Saints is Jevani Brown who has scored 13 goals in as many appearances for St Neots since arriving from Stamford AFC in December.
Lynn will be keen to avenge the 5-2 humiliation suffered earlier in the season.
“It’s going to be another tough game,” admitted Culverhouse.
“We are going to need to be right at it and start a lot better than what we did on Saturday.
“It is another big game. What pleased me on Saturday is that the players shook each others’ hands at the end of the match and immediately said ‘let’s think about Tuesday’.
“Wins will continue to breed confidence. We had to win ugly on Saturday, but the boys thoroughly deserved it.
“Sometimes we are going to have to find another way to win, it won’t always be pretty.”