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Chris Dickson could have opportunity to shine if Gillingham boss Mark Stimson re-shuffles his attack

Chris Dickson could make a return to Gillingham’s starting line-up on Saturday as boss Mark Stimson considers his attacking options.

Dickson (pictured) has failed to live up to expectations so far, having joined on loan from Charlton, but with Simeon Jackson still a doubt and Dennis Oli missing through suspension, the time could be right for a return.

Chris Dickson
Chris Dickson

Rene Howe is likely to lead the line against Oldham and both James Walker and Dickson will be fighting for the chance to impress at Boundary Park.

Stimson said: "If he (Dickson) gets the opportunity, then it’s down to him and we’ll make a decision to see if he starts."

Dickson (pictured) has scored just once in five appearances since his return to Priestfield.

Jackson, with 17 goals, missed Saturday’s match against MK Dons but Stimson believes the player will be back for at least one of the Easter weekend fixtures.

The Gills boss said: "The players have done brilliantly in Jackson’s absence but it’s always good to have Jacko around the team as he is a natural goalscorer. We’ve got a few options now and that’s why we took so many forwards on recently."

Barry Fuller is expected to take some part in the two games over the weekend after recovering sufficiently from a broken arm.

Stimson’s men follow up Saturday’s match against Oldham with a home game against Southend on Monday.

"We’ve got two good games and want to try and get as many points as we can from them," he said.

"Both teams are at the wrong end of the table, like ourselves, and are scrapping for their lives. We’ll just take it one game at a time and the first one is away to Oldham.

"If we take maximum points then that would be great and will put us well on our way to getting the points we want. If we don’t, then we could end up in a sticky situation.

"If we were to get six points over the three days, that could change the outlook."

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