Scunthorpe United's Michael Collins expected to return to full training next week
Scunthorpe United's Michael Collins is expecting to return to full training next week.
That means the midfielder, who has been missing for more than a year with Achilles and tendinopathy problems, could be as little as three weeks away from a return to first-team action.
Collins, 26, was signed from Huddersfield Town in the summer of 2010 by then manager Nigel Adkins. But he has struggled to make an impression at Glanford Park.
He last played for the Iron in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Hartlepool United on August 30 last year, before then being sidelined.
BLINDS & CURTAINS MADE 2 MEASURE WE COVER SCUNTHORPE & GRIMSBY...View details
Have a look at our website and view our fantastic new blinds! then you could book a free home visit were we show you more samples and help you choose your new blinds.www.grimsby-sunblinds.co.uk
Contact: 01472 809887
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
Collins had an operation in May and after spending time at Lilleshall during the summer to aid his rehabilitation he has this week been back on the training pitch, working with Scunthorpe's youth team.
"He's trained with the kids for the first time – full sessions with the football," revealed manager Alan Knill.
"As far as I know there's been no reaction.
"Speaking to him, he thinks he'll be back with the first team next week so we've given him a week with the kids and then he'll come back to us.
"Obviously he's going to need a couple of games before he's in contention."
Knill hopes Damien Mozika will also be in contention for the first-team by the end of October.
The Frenchman, whose year at Glanford Park has been blighted by an ankle injury which was finally operated on during pre-season, is seen as a key player by the Iron boss.
"Damo's almost the same, though he's maybe a week behind Michael," Knill added.
"Having those two back will give us unbelievable competition in the middle of the park and allow us to play a different shape if we want to."