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Chris Whelpdale and Amine Linganzi could return for Peter Taylor's Gillingham against Walsall at Priestfield

28 December 2013
by Luke Cawdell

Chris Whelpdale on the stretch against Sheffield United Pic Barry Goodwin

Chris Whelpdale on the stretch against Sheffield United Pic: Barry Goodwin

Gillingham could be boosted by the return to action of midfielders Chris Whelpdale and Amine Linganzi this weekend.

The Gills take to the field again, on Sunday, when they face Walsall in League 1.

Injury problems have plagued boss Peter Taylor since he returned to the club but he could have a selection headache on Sunday.

Whelpdale has been missing since limping off injured during the first half against Peterborough while Linganzi suffered a set-back as he tries to shake off his own injury problems.

Boss Taylor said: “He (Whelpdale) has got a very good chance to be fit for the 29th and Linganzi has also got a good chance.”

Danny Hollands, who is out with a knee injury, has been pencilled in for a return on New Year’s Day, when the Gills travel to Stevenage.

The return of Linganzi and Whelpdale will leave Taylor with plenty of midfield options, with Craig Fagan also pressing for a start, having recovered from injury himself.

News for winger Myles Weston isn’t so good, as he will miss the rest of the festive season after picking up a hamstring injury in the recent win at Tranmere.

The Gills face the second of four festive fixtures on Sunday, in what is a busy period for the club, but Taylor isn’t concerned by the schedule.

“Everyone is the same and everyone now has a lot of matches with not a lot of rest,” he said.

“You have to make sure you listen to the fitness coaches and they will say what is best for them.

“It’s not long before that game and it’s not great in that respect. We know there is another big game here on the 29th and the players will be rested the right amount of time and we will do a little bit of work but I can’t see us doing that much when you know then that you have another three matches in eight days. It is crazy.”

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