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01/03/2005  Futch Set For Imps Return 
 
BEN FUTCHER is set to make a timely comeback for the Imps as the reserves visit Halifax Town tomorrow. The big defender fractured an eye socket and sustained a depressed fracture to his cheekbone following an accidental clash of heads at training six weeks ago.
 
Futch's imminent return may see the Imps revert to their tried and trusted 5-2-3 formation, and following City's disappointing defeat at Cheltenham on Saturday (which saw fellow centre-back Jamie McCombe limp off injured) it cannot come soon enough.
 
Futcher's agent, meanwhile, has denied rumours of possible interest in Big Ben from Championship side Burnley.
 
Futch says: "I can't wait for tomorrow because I'm desperate to get a game under my belt. I'm heading balls in training and there's no problem, but I need to test myself in a game. I'm not setting any targets for coming back and there's good competition for places at the back, what with Paul Morgan, Jamie McCombe, Gareth McAuley and now Lee Beevers arriving from Boston United. Fingers crossed everything will go OK tomorrow and then it will be the gaffer's decision.

"It's been frustrating being on the sidelines. I've missed all the banter with the lads and it's never easy watching games from the stand. Getting back in the squad will also mean my girlfriend can't drag me round the shops on a Saturday afternoon - I hate shopping!

"We are coming up to a vital part of the season and, hopefully, I can play my part in it. There are 11 games left, we're well placed and the lads are looking forward to it."
 
Keith says: "Ben is an important player for me. We've struggled at the back in recent weeks with Gareth injured as well. But he played at Cheltenham on Saturday, Ben is on his way back and we also have Lee Beevers, so the situation has improved. We have crucial games coming up and I need everyone to be fit."
 
Futch's advisor, Hayden Evans says: "Burnley are not a club I've had any contact with. In all honesty, things have been quiet in recent weeks because of Ben's injury. But there's no panic - there's plenty of time to sort things out."

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