Kaboré fit but Nakamba faces spell on the sidelines

Town boss Rob Edwards will have Issa Kaboré available for Saturday’s televised Premier League clash with Chelsea at Kenilworth Road.


The on-loan Manchester City defender missed the 3-2 win on Boxing Day but will back in the squad to face Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

“He trained today [Friday] and he’s available which is great news,” said Edwards. “He was close on Boxing Day and we gave him every chance, but he just didn’t feel right on the day.”

The verdict is not so great, however, on midfielder Marvelous Nakamba, who has had an operation on his meniscus and now faces a spell on the sidelines.

“It was an innocuous one, it came when he made a pass in training,” explained the boss. “We won’t put a timeframe on it, but it’s not good and it will be some significant time. He’ll see a specialist in a few weeks’ time. It’s frustrating for him and of course for us as he’s a big, big player.”

Edwards will have Jordan Clark back in the squad having recovered from illness that kept him out of the win at Bramall Lane, while Reece Burke is making progress and may be in line to feature in the FA Cup with Bolton.

The manager had a word for skipper Tom Lockyer.

“I speak with him every day and he seems a bit bored already!” said Edwards. “He’s, generally, in good spirits. Well he already sent me a message taking the mick out of the trainers I got for Christmas!”

Edwards also confirmed the Hatters are in discussions with Andros Townsend on extending the winger's contract.

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