May 24, 2012, 11:19 AM
Nuneaton centre forward Pa Sulay Njie is set to return to the first team action for the first time since he limped off the pitch in agony during his side's crunch 2-1 win against MK Dons Wanderers due to a minor knee injury, Pointsport gathered yesterday.
The 18-year-old young Gambian starlet sustained the knee problem during his side's crucial game in the English Conference League Cup Championship, which caused him a three-week spell on the sideline.
It was initially feared the former Pinley teenager could be set for a lengthy spell on the sideline but his recent progress in light training at the team’s training centre has given the Nuneaton outfit something to be optimistic about as he seems to have won a battle to be fit in time for Nuneaton’s next week clash in their quest for a Conference League glory.
Before he got injured, the English-born Gambian skilful striker, who has put pen to paper for a 2-year professional contract with Nuneaton from Hinckley, last played for Nuneaton in their narrow 2-1 win at the expense of MK Dons Wanderers in the Conference League.
With the pitch in good condition and the weather set fair with a fantastic atmosphere, both teams opened up with some attractive football.
Pa Sulay Njie looked lively upfront and his first touch was excellent allowing him to lose his marker a couple of times. It only took Njie five minutes to make his scoring intention known to his stubborn opponents when he brought the ball down in a stunning fashion and within the twinkle of an eye, the hot striker nodded home a superb finish straight into the top left corner of the net for the game’s first goal much to the delight of Nuneaton’s coach.
The second half saw more of the same, Sam Jay in Wanderers goal had to be alert to mop up Nuneaton’s attack with Ross and the impressive Pa Sulay at the other end of the attacking tact.
On 65 minutes, Wanderers did get an equaliser when a great shot by Pius Ofori was touched on to the goalpost by Richard in Nuneaton’s goal but the rebound fell at the feet of Charlie Fisher who hammered home MK Dons only goal of the game, a strike that took his tally to five goals of the season.
This allowed Nuneaton to push on harder to win the game and their continuous struggle again paid off well as they netted their second and the decisive goal thanks to a Pa Sulay Njie highly anticipated strike to complete a brace after been set up by teammate Griffith close to stoppage time.
However, as the full time was fast approaching, Njie had his attempt of extending Nuneation’s lead suffer a massive blow when he was stretched off the pitch in pain following a reckless and hefty tackle from two Dons defenders, who quickly rushed to stop the danger man from completing his hat-trick resulting in him been injured.
He was immediately stretched off the pitch close to stoppage time. He has however returned to light training and could be available for Nuneaton in their next week Conference League match.