MICHAEL Smith has not fully recovered from a shoulder problem, according to Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper, who feels his striker has slight psychological scarring from the injury.
Smith picked up the knock during the Capital One Cup defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion last month and missed the subsequent clash with Coventry City at the County Ground.
He has since returned to a Swindon side unbeaten in the league since August 16 but Cooper feels the towering Geordie still has the niggle on his mind, telling Link Sport: “I think you can see he’s not moving as freely as he probably should. I think that’s more of a psychological thing that he’s carrying from when he had the injury.
“He said he feels okay. He had one real chance the other night when he side-footed it past the post and could have hit the target, apart from that he’s not really had loads of chances.”
With Smith competing with Andy Williams, Jon Obika, George Barker and Connor Waldon for one of two striking slots in the Town starting line-up, Cooper is happy with the forward options at his disposal.
“I’ve seen signs from all the partnerships. We’ve seen signs from Smith and Williams, we’ve seen signs from Smith and Obika and seen signs from Obika and Williams,” he said.
“We know they can all link up together at times, it’s just which pair we put together to start.”