Walsall Head Coach Mat Sadler was pleased to welcome back Brandon Comley from injury during last night’s EFL Trophy tie against Forest Green Rovers.
The midfielder has been out since August but stepped off the bench and put in an accomplished performance.
Defender Rollin Menayese also returned from his long-term injury and was an unused substitute on the night.
Sadler praised Comley’s impact and was pleased to see Menayese return to the squad but explained the defender still has a few more steps to take.
“I think Rollin has still got a little bit to go,” he said.
“He is at the real early stages of getting back to playing but we need to get him game time now and find that somehow for him.
“Brandon, it’s great to welcome him back, we’ve missed him being in and around the team in the last 6-8 weeks.
“He’s been a real miss and I think he showed that with the control he had in midfield when he came on and other players grew into the game because of Brandon being on the pitch.
“It was really good to see those guys but it’s all about moving on to Saturday now. Rest up, recover and get ready for another ding-dong game.”
Sadler made seven changes for Tuesday’s encounter against the Gloucestershire side but revealed that he is sweating over the fitness of a number of players in his squad heading into this weekend’s game against Gillingham.
“We went into the game with a few bumps and bruises,” he commented.
“Donervon (Daniels) had to come off on Saturday so we’re assessing him to see where he’s at. Freddie (Draper) wasn’t able to play in the game on Saturday so again, we’re assessing him. Rem (Aramide Oteh) has come into it with a knock in his hamstring so we’re not sure about him, Joe Riley was on the bench but he was touch and go and Owen (Evans) is another one.
“We’ve got some walking wounded so it’s trying to get as many of them back as we possibly can. Priestley (Farquharson) is really close so they’re starting to come back in the picture and as I said, seeing Brandon back in was great.”