Exeter promotion hopes boosted by Boateng news

Exeter City’s key midfielder Hiram Boateng is almost ready to return to first-team action after four months out.

The twenty-three-year-old, who scored a stunning solo goal in last season’s League Two play-off semi-final win over Lincoln City, has been suffering from a hip flexor injury.

The Grecians have only won only six league games since he last played in October, having won eight before his injury-enforced absence, highlighting Boateng’s importance to the Devon outfit.

Manager Matt Taylor told BBC Sport ahead of this weekends trip to Crewe Alexandra, “I see him being a week to 10 days away,”

The former Crystal Palace midfielder has returned to training under close supervision, and Taylor was positive Boateng would soon be available for selection. “It’s all about the balance with Hiram, but at the moment it’s all positive, he’s getting through sessions on a daily basis with no issues off the back of that, and hopefully we’ll have a clean bill of health for Hiram next week where he can be available for games.”

Exeter will be looking for their first win in three games at Gresty Road but will face a tough examination from a Crewe side who have won seven out of the last eight home matches. Despite losing their previous game at home to Bury, Taylor felt his team were playing well. He told the club’s official website “We were, obviously disappointed not to get any points off the back of the Bury performance, but the performance levels have been where we need them to be. We have got to turn that into points now and hopefully, we can do that this weekend at Crewe.”

Our View

Boateng is a massive player for Exeter City, and if they are to repeat their feat of last season and reach the playoffs, it will be crucial to get him playing as soon as possible.

Boateng is one of the best players in League Two, and it is no surprise the Grecians form has been patchy with him out the side.

They will need to be careful not to rush his recovery though, Boateng was rumoured to be close to a return at Christmas before as set back prolonged his absence by a further two months.

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