Top scorer Steve Jones is back for AFC Telford United – with a warning from manager Andy Sinton over his conduct.
The Bucks boss is looking forward to being able to call upon the former Walsall man for the crucial Blue Square Premier trip to Hereford United tonight.
But the striker, back after serving a four-match ban, has also been warned about the high standards that are expected of him.
Jones, who has netted eight times so far this season, missed all of the Bucks’ Christmas and New Year fixtures following his second red card of the season.
That dismissal, in the FA Trophy defeat to King’s Lynn Town last month, came in only his second game back after serving a three-match ban for his red card at Tamworth in November.
Sinton was left fuming by the latter in particular, which saw Jones receive his marching orders for a petulant barge on King’s Lynn defender Jordan Yong. Telford have been shown eight red cards overall so far this season.
The Telford chief said:”We have got Steve Jones coming back into the fray for us and he will be involved. We look forward to bringing him back. He hasn’t been injured for the month, he has trained.
“He comes back into our squad and he is a big player who we have missed. But we haven’t missed him because he has been left out.
"He has been missed through his own stupidity.”
Asked whether he had spoken to the player ‘in strong terms’ about his future conduct, he said: “Yes, and now he is back into the fray I will speak to him again before tonight’s game.
“They were stupid sending offs, just like most of them have been this year and that, as well as injuries, has disrupted us and cost us.”
Meanwhile, Sinton also confirmed that midfielder Richard Davies will be out until at least March after it was confirmed the midfielder suffered a chipped bone in his foot at Stockport nine days ago.