IT WILL be business as usual for Jon Worthington at Gillingham tomorrow.
Town’s skipper returns after a three-match injury absence to bolster boss Andy Ritchie’s bid for a fifth win in six League I games.
The 24-year-old midfielder has recovered from hamstring trouble and trained without problem yesterday.
He was part of the squad who today headed South to train at West Ham’s academy base en route to Kent.
Ritchie, who will sacrifice teenager James Berrett to pair Worthington with Andy Holdsworth, explained: “Worthy would probably have been okay against Millwall this week.
“But with the busy schedule we have coming up, we thought it wise to err on the side of caution and give him that extra time to make sure.
“He’s champing at the bit and after the team won, albeit not very prettily, on Tuesday, we’ll go there full of confidence.”
Ritchie, who despite doubts over centre-back David Mirfin (back) has loaned his fellow centre-back Tom Clarke to Halifax, insists Town can still make the play-offs.
“We have to maintain the kind of run we’ve just been on,” he said.
“There’s a lot of football to be played, particularly during March, when we have nine matches.”
Relegation-threatened Gillingham haven’t won since their 3-1 success over Town at the Galpharm eight games ago, and Ritchie admitted: “We were shocking that day, and we’ll need to play far better than that.”