Striker in fitness fight

08 February 2010 04:17
Vincent Pericard is again battling to be in contention for Swindon's home clash against lowly Oldham. The striker has been struggling with a hamstring problem ever since his January arrival at the County Ground but the niggle has prevented him from taking part in the previous two games against Southend and Charlton, both of which have seen the Robins lose winning positions late on. But should he recover in time for Tuesday he would still only find himself among the substitutes due to the form of Billy Paynter and Charlie Austin. Goalkeeper David Lucas recovered from a groin problem in time to start Saturday's 1-1 home draw against Charlton and he will again continue between the sticks. Winger Alan O'Brien made his comeback on the bench against the Addicks and can expect to be in in Danny Wilson's matchday 18, while defender Alan Sheehan (hamstring) is looking to return at the end of the month. Meanwhile, long-term absentee Kurt Hammonds has suffered a fresh injury blow and has been forced to undergo another operation on his troublesome knee.

Source: PA