Gills manager Justin Edinburgh talks to the press ahead of Monday's fixture against Bolton Wanderers
“We’ve worked hard, we’ve done a lot of strength and conditioning work with the players, and trained on the grass, too. I believe we’ve used the time wisely and I hope this period stands us in good stead going into the busy Christmas period and the New Year. Edinburgh on…the 16-day gap between games:
“We’ve been conditioning the players and we’ve done a lot of testing with them. It’s been a thoroughly good few days for us to work with each individual player.
“We picked up some good form before the gap. But there’s still lots of room for improvement. We’ve been able to start keeping a settled side and had our best players continuously available for selection, so it’s no surprise the results have picked up.”
“Billy Knott picked up a hamstring injury against Rochdale, but it’s improving and he’s out on the grass with the physio, building up his fitness. We’re hopeful that he may be available.Edinburgh on…squad selection:
“Frank Nouble is up to speed now, and Chris Herd has followed his own programme to help him [get fully fit after an ankle injury sustained earlier in November]. We think goalkeeper Jonathan Bond will come back to the club at the end of the week [following a groin injury] and Ryan Jackson is training again.
“It’s now easier to remember who’s injured [compared to the start of the season], when we had a list [of injuries] as long as my arm. It’s looking good and we want that competition for places.”
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