Lincoln City boss believes Conner Robinson is ready to return to the fold
Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson has stressed Conner Robinson has never been away from his plans and that the teenage striker is ready to be involved with the side again.
The forward has spent the last few weeks on loan at Skrill North side Gainsborough Trinity.
And according to Simpson, the minutes he has spent on the pitch for the Blues have brought him back up to scratch.
“Conner didn’t play much in pre-season and he looked a bit short of fitness,” said Simpson.
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“He needed games and he went to Gainsborough and his performances in training have got better because he’s playing matches. He’s ready to come back now into the group.
“He’s never been away from my plans, but he needed to play football. It not so much the fitness work, it’s about playing games.
“Match day fitness is very different to running.”
Robinson has been brought back into the fold as strikers Adi Yussuf and Nick Wright continue to return to full fitness after suffering hamstring injuries.
Wright missed training yesterday having been involved in both the 4-1 defeat at Kidderminster in the Skrill Premier and in the 4-2 penalty win over Gainsborough Trinity in the Lincolnshire County Cup on Tuesday night.
Yussuf was involved with the game against Trinity, however, Simpson said it was clear the forward needed more time on the pitch before he would be fully fit.
“It would be good to get Yussuf out on loan for a month, but if I did I wouldn’t be able to recall him,” said Simpson.
“In training he looked good. We put him in against Gainsborough and he looked a bit short.
“You can see his head wants to do things, but his body wouldn’t take him there.”