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Jubril Okedina back in the fold for Cambridge United’s home clash with Lincoln City in Sky Bet League One

Jubril Okedina in action for Cambridge United. Picture: Simon Lankester
Jubril Okedina in action for Cambridge United. Picture: Simon Lankester

Jubril Okedina has returned to full fitness ahead of Cambridge United's match against Lincoln City in Sky Bet League One at the Abbey Stadium.

The 20-year-old defender suffered an ankle injury in his first start since signing permanently for the U's against Swindon Town in the Carabao Cup on August 10, but the break without a fixture has helped him get back to full fitness.

“He has been training all this week, and he is available to select as long as he comes through the next couple of days OK,” said U's head coach Mark Bonner.

“That’s encouraging because it gives us an extra number back in the defensive unit.

“It was disappointing for him to pick up the injury so soon having just joined us but he is back on his feet and back on the grass looking good, so we’re looking forward to having him back around us.”

Bonner was also able to provide an update on captain Greg Taylor, who has had surgery on a broken ankle.

“As far as we know, everything went quite well,” he said. “I’m a little bit out of that loop with the medical side of things. In terms of timescales I’m probably no clearer. We’re not going to see him this calendar year that’s for sure, and a way into next year I would imagine.

“He’s got a long road ahead in terms of his recovery, but everything as far as I’m aware from the operation side went well.

“He is just a little bit inactive at the moment because he is not up and about on his feet yet - we’re hoping he gets to the game this weekend, all being well so we can see him, but he’s not able to drive at the moment.

“Hopefully in the next few weeks he will be back with us rehabbing and around us again. It’s been very strange not having him around at all, having been such an influential voice and character around us for such a long time.

“It was a fracture and the actual damage was fairly encouraging in terms of ligament. There is obviously a long way back recovering from that, so we hope that he can get back in and around us as soon as possible and begin that recovery.”

Many of United's squad have not had a game in two weeks after United rotated their squad for the Papa John's Trophy win over Oxford United and were without a match last weekend after scheduled opponents Doncaster Rovers had players called up for international duty.

One of those to benefit from the break is Jack Lankester, who missed much of pre-season through injury having joined from Ipswich Town.

“He would want to [feature], in terms of his desire to play he is certainly ready,” he said. “ You have to always bear in mind that he has missed pretty much five months and a very important part of pre-season.

“He is another one where the last week has been quite well timed in the fact that he played good minutes in the Papa John’s Trophy and trained quite a lot since. He is just catching up really.

“Ninety minutes would be a big ask for him at the moment, but we know he is getting really close to being able to start games and be competitive from the start for us.

“His job now is to get as fit as he can and force his way into the team among some players that are doing well at the moment.”

Bonner added: “We’re pleased with how we’ve got through to this point, and now we’ve got the majority of players fit and available to select from.

“I think it gives us a nice platform to start from going into this next block of games, which has got a couple of really tough ones in the next few weeks.”

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