Zimbabwe international defender, Brendan Galloway, made his return to action for Plymouth Argyle after eight months out.
Galloway played for the first time since last November when he came on as a 72nd minute substitute in the 0-1 defeat to Bristol City at the weekend.
The Zimbabwe international is expected to get more game time in the away pre-season games against Torquay United Tuesday night and Yeovil Town on Saturday.
Argyle take on Truro City at Bolitho Park, Manadon, on Tuesday, July 26, another opportunity for the Warriors star to get a run.
Argyle manager Steven Schumacher, however, told British publication, Plymouth Live that Galloway might not be ready for the beginning of the season.
“He’s not involved with the balls or anything yet so, realistically, he will not be ready for the very start of the season.
“He’s progressing fine but he’s not in any sort of ball work or contact work yet. It’s just small steps with him and two weeks isn’t going to be enough for him to be ready for the first game, but I’m sure he won’t be too long.
“The transfer window doesn’t shut until September 1 so if Bolts isn’t right and we don’t think he’s going to be right for then, hopefully we will have enough left in the budget to bring in cover if and when needed.”
The return of Galloway will add to the defensive options for Schumacher, who has James Wilson, Dan Scarr and Macaulay Gillesphey available to him at the moment, plus teenage duo of Oscar Halls and Brandon Pursall.
“I’m made up to have Brendan back. He has been out for so long, he has been on a real tough journey to come back from a major injury.
“He’s a great lad, a great professional and I’m so pleased to have him back involved. Obviously, he’s going to need more minutes, going to need more game time, more training sessions.
“He will just go from strength to strength now. Coming on the pitch, that’s the first barrier you have got to get over and thankfully he has done it.
Added Schumacher: “Everything will just become more natural. When you have been out for so long it feels like your boots on the wrong feet. He did look a little bit rusty (against Bristol City) but that’s just to expected, everyone does that.
“He will have been made up to get some minutes, he will get some more minutes next week and then the Truro game, hopefully, will be a good opportunity for him to get a 90 in. It’s all going in the right direction.
“He’s experienced enough to know that it’s a long process coming back from injuries. He has had enough injuries in his career to understand how it works.
“He knows there is no rush for him to be knocking on the door saying ‘Why aren’t I playing?’ First and foremost he has just to get himself physically right.
“He’s doing well, the medical team have looked after him great and he has put the work in himself. He will be ready when he’s ready.” – ZTN Correspondent/Plymouth Herald