Cheltenham Town: Gornell fit to step into forward line
CHELTENHAM Town striker Terry Gornell has declared himself fit and ready to face former club Accrington Stanley on Saturday.
The summer signing from Rochdale was forced off with a groin injury 52 minutes into the 2-0 defeat at Chesterfield 12 days ago.
He was forced to sit out last Saturday's home match against Plymouth Argyle, which Cheltenham lost 3-1.
But Gornell has made a quick recovery and was due to train with the rest of the squad this morning.
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After starting the season with impressive performances against Burton Albion and Crawley Town, he is expected to go straight back into Mark Yates' starting line-up.
The 23-year-old opened his goal-scoring account in the thrilling 4-3 Capital One Cup victory over League One Crawley, also setting up the winner for Byron Harrison.
Liverpool-born Gornell spent time on loan at Accrington from Tranmere Rovers during the 2008/09 campaign before making the permanent move to the Crown Ground in the summer of 2010.
He scored against Cheltenham twice for Stanley during the 2010/11 season before joining Shrewsbury Town, where he netted another goal past the Robins.
His return is a welcome lift for Yates, who lost Jamie Cureton to a shoulder injury 18 minutes into the new season after he had opened the scoring against Burton.
Harrison has scored three times this season and Steve Gillespie has been brought in on loan from Fleetwood Town for an initial month, but Gornell's ability to link up play and retain possession will be valuable as Cheltenham chase their first League Two win of the season.
Yates was fuming after the Plymouth defeat, calling his squad in for extra training on Sunday and further changes are expected.
Several players were given a chance to press their claims in Tuesday's 2-1 training ground friendly victory over Kidderminster Harriers, with winger Zack Kotwica and defender Keith Lowe on target.
Both players will feel they have a chance of forcing their way into the starting line-up at Accrington, which is the first of three consecutive away trips for Cheltenham.
They visit Premier League West Ham United in the second round of the Capital One Cup next Tuesday before going to Bury four days later.
Lowe has made one substitute appearance so far this term, replacing Steve Elliott during extra-time against Crawley, while 17-year-old Kotwica has gone on in all four matches.
"I am champing at the bit and ready to play," Lowe said. "I do my best in the training ground friendlies and I am always ready when called upon.
"I will wait and see what happens, but I like to think I could play for most teams in this league.
"It's hard when you are not involved and sometimes impossible to bite your lip, but you have to do what you can."