Swansea boosted by Dobbie return

24 September 2009 01:19
Swansea City striker Stephen Dobbie came through a reserve-team game safely on Wednesday night and could return to the first team this weekend. The Scottish striker has been out since injuring a rib last month in the Carling Cup defeat against Scunthorpe. But Dobbie completed 69 minutes in the reserves' 2-0 win over Forest Green and is now in contention to face Sheffield United on Saturday at home. "Stephen has now had the all-clear," said Swansea physio Cerian Parham. "He is now back in full training and showing no signs of the injury which has kept him out for the last four weeks. "He will be available for selection this weekend." Although he did not score against Forest Green - Matty Collins and Besian Idrizaj grabbing the goals - Dobbie looked bright on his return to action. There is also encouraging news on injured Swansea midfield pair Joe Allen and Darren Pratley. "Joe Allen didn't travel to Barnsley as a precautionary measure but he is continuing well with his rehabilitation and will hopefully be back in training by the end of this week," Parham told the official Swansea website. "Darren Pratley is still recovering from the illness which knocked him back a bit as he was recovering from his shoulder injury. "He's just building up his strength now and should recommence training next week." Defender Albert Serran (ankle) is set for a return in the next two to three weeks, while striker Guillem Bauza (knee) is undergoing rehabilitation back in Spain.

Source: BBC_Sport