Hall and Wright fit again

Torbay Weekly

Key players Asa Hall and Danny Wright have recovered from injuries and are well on the back-to-fitness trail at Torquay United.

Club captain/midfielder Hall and centre-forward Wright have been sidelined for six and eight weeks respectively, but they both accompanied the Gulls squad which played in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Bristol City on Tuesday.

Although they didn't play in the game, manager Gary Johnson reported: "Asa and Danny both did some running at Bristol, so they're over their injuries and it's now a question of getting their fitness back as soon as we can."

At his weekly press conference, Johnson confirmed that on-loan Queen's Park Rangers striker Sinclair Armstrong is back in the fold after three games with the Eire Under-19 side in Bulgaria.

Armstrong, who missed United's 2-1 home win over Dover last weekend, scored twice and helped the Republic to wins against Montenegro (3-2) and Bulgaria (2-0) and a draw (1-1) with Bosnia-Herzogovina, which carried them through to the Elite Qualifying Round of next year's European Championships.

Armstrong, 18, rejoined the Gulls squad for training on Thursday and is in line for a recall at Barnet on Saturday.

United hope to have midfielder Connor Lemonheigh-Evans and left-back Dan Martin, also missing against Dover, available again.

Johnson sought to draw a line under the debate, which has surrounded the booing from a section of the Plainmoor crowd when Armani Little's man-of-the-match award was announced last Saturday - before he scored his second goal and 90th minute winner.

Gulls fans have been rallying to Little's support via social media this week and Johnson, who rang stand-in skipper Little on Saturday night to talk over the incident, added: "I read somewhere that he (Little) isn't a good captain. He is.

"The one thing, when he makes a mistake, is that he doesn't hide. That's why he got the winning goal.

"Some may have been a bit disappointed at the time, but I've got faith in our supporters.

"Hopefully, it will turn into a positive rather than carry on as a negative, which will help the player's frame of mind and some of the supporters."