Plymouth Argyle striker Nick Chadwick returns to full training after knee operation
TRANSFER-LISTED Plymouth Argyle striker Nick Chadwick has returned to full training after a knee operation.
The 30-year-old (pictured above) had the surgery in London at the end of July.
Chadwick could make his comeback in Argyle's Devon St Luke's Challenge Cup second round tie against Bideford next Tuesday (7.45pm).
The Pilgrims have foregone home advantage so the game will be played at Bideford's Sports Ground.
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Argyle manager John Sheridan told Herald Sport: "Nick trained really well this week, to be fair to him.
"It's always good when you have been out for a while to get playing again.
"He an experienced player and will know his body better than anyone. If he feels his knee is good then the game against Bideford wouldn't be out of the question.
"If he feels fit and says, 'Yes, I am available to play in it' he will be involved in it."
Chadwick is in his second spell at Argyle, after re-signing from Stockport County in November 2011.
He has made a total of 137 appearances for the Pilgrims and scored 18 goals.
Chadwick was transfer-listed in the summer, before his knee operation, because he did not figure in Sheridan's plans for this season.
Argyle are the holders of the Devon St Luke's Challenge Cup after beating Torquay United 4-1 in the final at Home Park in April.
They received a bye in the first round of the competition this season.
Bideford beat an Argyle XI 2-0 in a pre-season game at the Sports Ground in July and are currently second in the Southern League premier division.
That makes them the top non-league club in Devon and Cornwall.
Bideford are in FA Cup second qualifying round action away to Yate Town today.
Should that tie require a replay, it will take place next Tuesday and the Devon St Luke's Challenge Cup clash against Argyle will have to be rearranged.
Sheridan has a fully fit squad at the moment, with the exception of long-term knee injury victim Matt Lecointe, and is keen for those players not in the first team to get as much match practice as possible.
As a result, Argyle have played recent 'reserves' games against Yeovil Town, Bristol City, Torquay United, Exeter City and Bournemouth.
More are planned, with a home tie against Watford or Bristol Rovers in the second qualifying round of the Under-21 Premier League Cup set to be among them.
Sheridan said: "We are trying to arrange games all the time and I think we are doing that quite well at the moment.
"We seem to get a game every week or fortnight. It's important whoever is not playing (for the first team) gets some game time.
"After Bideford, we are in the process of trying to arrange one or two."