George Johnston and MJ Williams are closing in on a return to action to help Wanderers to a great season finale.

Both have been sidelined since the last week of January with midfielder Williams undergoing knee surgery and defender Johnston recovering from the ankle injury sustained in the Whites’ win at Charlton.

Whether they will present themselves against League One leaders Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night remains to be seen.

But his return to training this week has been a tonic for a Wanderers side looking to maintain their play-off challenge alongside their appearance in the Papa Johns Trophy final at Wembley.

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“George Johnston and MJ Williams have trained very well this week,” confirmed Whites coach Ian Evatt.

“Whether it’s too early for them, we’ll wait and see, but they’ve both looked in pretty good shape this week.

“It’s been huge (to have them back). Just the influence on the training ground, around the facility and how positive they are.

“They are both leaders in their own right, they both understand what good taste looks like and understand what is required and what it takes to perform well at this football club.

“They’ve really helped boost morale on the training ground, which is fantastic.”

Midfielder George Thomason is also in the frame to get a taste of the action for the first time since early December, as Wanderers look to sign off ahead of Wembley on a high.

The trip to Hillsborough, where the Whites will bid to become the second team to win the league this season, will be Wanderers’ last league game until Good Friday’s trip to Exeter City.

Meanwhile, other sides may capitalize to usurp Evatt’s men for a place in the top six.

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But the Wanderers boss isn’t distracted by events elsewhere, as he remains determined to keep the Whites progressing during his tenure.

“The league could look different when we return to league action after the cup final,” added Evatt, whose team will face Plymouth Argyle in the Papa Johns Trophy final on April 2.

“But we have players coming back from injuries and then we have a good run of games to finish the season. The cup final at Wembley is not a distraction. It is a pleasure to participate.

“Just stay calm, stay relaxed, stay focused. Regardless of what happens elsewhere, we just need to mind our own business and finish strong.

“But for now our focus is on Sheffield Wednesday. It can’t be anything else because they are a great team.

“I understand there will be criticism at this point because we have underperformed in recent weeks. But it’s about getting back on the horse and getting back to the levels that I know we can get to.

“It is a process for us. It’s about progressing and just getting better and better with each season and I think we’re doing that.”


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