Quashie back in action after foot injury

Nigel Quashie returned to action on Monday night when the reserves enjoyed a 1-0 win against Watford. It was his first game since gashing his foot open during the home defeat to Tottenham last month.

"I'm a bit tired after training today," he said. "But it was nice to play again after five weeks on Monday and be involved in a game and come through it. I'm still a bit sore but I just have to get on with it.

"The pitch at Boreham Wood didn't help and I took a few whacks. But the young kids did well. It's just nice to come through unscathed and, touch wood, everything's alright.

"It's still swollen, it's got a load of scar tissue around it still and it's just a bit lumpy but eventually that should even out and get back to normal."

Nigel is hoping to be in contention for a return to Premiership action on Saturday, but is regarding his comeback tentatively.

"I've just got to see how it goes really," he said. "It's a matter of not breaking down and having some more treatment on it. I've just got to try and get ready for the game and if I'm involved, I'm involved. It's just making sure that I don't break down again and trying to get through training each day.

"Training's really good and the spirit's good as well. But it's always been good. The lads have enjoyed two wins on the bounce now and, all credit to everyone that's involved, because we've just stuck at it and got on with it."

After a sparse month of Premiership fixtures in March, the games are set to come thick and fast in April.

"I think that will be a positive thing for us," Nigel added. "We've won two on the bounce and we've got Arsenal and Chelsea in two of our next three fixtures. If you're not up for games like that, you're never going to be up for a game of football.

"They're big games and the way we're playing at the moment it'll be good to come up against those sides. They'll be looking to step it up in the race for the Premiership and Champions League places but it's up to us as well because we're in a relegation fight, so anything can happen."