Piper set for long-awaited return from injury

Matt Piper
Matt Piper

EXPERIENCED Worthing Football Club defender Matt Piper is set for an imminent return from a groin injury that has ruled him out for the best part of a season a half.

The full-back missed the whole of last season due to a reoccurring problem and played just two games at the start of this campaign, before being sidelined again.

His last full season was the 2011-12 campaign, after re-joining Rebels under former manager Chris White that summer.

Current Rebels boss Adam Hinshelwood is hoping his return will help the young side.

He said: “Matt will get some minutes in the next couple of weeks. With the young squad we have got, Pipes will be a good player to have back involved.

“He has been training well in the last couple of weeks, but it will be about fitness for him.”

Hinshelwood has rebuilt the side in the past few weeks and has hinted there may be a couple more arrivals to come, while also challenging all of the current players to take their chance when they get it.

“There might be one or two more faces coming in, but I can’t think too many more than that now,” he said.

“We have got the nucleus of a good squad and, like I said to them, they will all get a chance before the end of the season to show what they are all about and cement a place.”

Worthing visit play-off chasing Folkestone on Saturday and relegation-threatened Three Bridges on Tuesday.