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Team news: Stanislas & Cook now training


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Junior Stanislas and Lewis Cook are both making progress on their routes from injury back to the first team.

Stanislas hasn't appeared since sustaining a hamstring injury in the early stages of the match with Blackpool in August, while Cook continues his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury suffered in the springtime.

Ahead of Saturday's visit of Luton Town head coach Scott Parker spoke about the pair as well as goalkeeper Will Dennis in his pre-match press conference.

"Junior is on his way back," he said. "He's been on the pitch doing some bits on his own today. It's the first day he's been back with us, albeit modified.

"He's moving in the right direction so that's pleasing.

"Lewis Cook is the same as what he has been, he's been around us now in full training so hopefully we can get some minutes into him in some games we've got coming up in the coming weeks.

"Will Dennis had a bit of problem in the warm up in our last game, but he's back training today and seemed okay.

"All three are moving in the right direction, Junior and Lewis won't be available but Will will for the weekend."

Parker spoke further on Cook and the route that the club are hopeful he will be following in the coming weeks.

He explained: "We don't really have a game earmarked for him, I'd be reluctant to let that out. The main focus for Lewis is that he's alright with it being a long time coming back from the injury.

"The main focus for us is getting him as strong as we can and trying to tick off every milestone that we can. This next milestone is with him training with us fully with no modification in his work and being around it

"Hopefully he comes through that and then hopefully we can get some games in, we've got some under-21s games coming up so we have the chance to put him in them and then work out from that how far away he is from joining us."

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