Oscar issues Macca warning as Albion striker closes in on a first team comeback

Craig Mackail-Smith is part of Albion's travelling party for the Barnsley and Leicester games.

Craig Mackail-Smith is part of Albion's travelling party for the Barnsley and Leicester games.

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Albion head coach Oscar Garcia has warned not to expect too much of Craig Mackail-Smith in his comeback to first team contention after more than a year out through injury.

The striker will be part of a 20-strong squad staying up at St George's Park in-between the trips to Barnsley tomorrow and Leicester three days later.

Mackail-Smith scored twice for the development team against Charlton at the Amex on Monday. It was his first 90 minutes since suffering long-term Achilles and ankle injuries.

Oscar said: "He's getting fitter and fitter. He did well with the DS but we can't forget he hasn't played for more than a year. We can put a lot of pressure on him.

"But now he's available for selection. It depends on the game but I know his abilities and for sure he can help us a lot in the last period of the season."

Rohan Ince, who suffered a dead leg at Blackburn on Tuesday, is expected to be in the squad but Will Buckley (hamstring) Andrea Orlandi (thigh), Kemy Agustien (calf) and Will Hoskins (calf) all remain sidelined.

Oscar said of Hoskins, who has also been out for more than a year following knee surgery: "He is training with the physios, not us. It's too early for this game."

The thigh injury sustained by Orlandi at Millwall on March 1 is still not showing signs of clearing up.

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10:53am Fri 4 Apr 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

Orlandi is another one whose injury problems are too pronounced for him to be offered a new deal. Pity as he's a gifted player. The club has been carrying too many sick notes this season - and indeed last season.
Orlandi is another one whose injury problems are too pronounced for him to be offered a new deal. Pity as he's a gifted player. The club has been carrying too many sick notes this season - and indeed last season. B rian Tawses left foot
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10:55am Fri 4 Apr 14

heathgate says...

Shame about Orlandi, I seem to remember Vicente having a mysterious thigh injury that wouldn't clear up,.... well not until he discovered he wasn't getting his move back to Spain that he coveted.
Shame about Orlandi, I seem to remember Vicente having a mysterious thigh injury that wouldn't clear up,.... well not until he discovered he wasn't getting his move back to Spain that he coveted. heathgate
  • Score: -4

11:12am Fri 4 Apr 14

East of CrawleyDown says...

Whilst no one should expect too much from CMS, I think there is reason to be a bit more upbeat than Oscar is, he scored a great goal the other day which shows a good level of fitness and sharpness. That picture of CMS doing the 'YMCA' always raises a smile as well!
Whilst no one should expect too much from CMS, I think there is reason to be a bit more upbeat than Oscar is, he scored a great goal the other day which shows a good level of fitness and sharpness. That picture of CMS doing the 'YMCA' always raises a smile as well! East of CrawleyDown
  • Score: 6

11:26am Fri 4 Apr 14

namgo49 says...

The next two games are potentially very important for not just us but too the opposition, Barnsley for sure and, depending on results, Tuesday's game against Leicester could be a make or break for them so best leave him clear of both!!

Orlandi is a good bloke, stick with him.
The next two games are potentially very important for not just us but too the opposition, Barnsley for sure and, depending on results, Tuesday's game against Leicester could be a make or break for them so best leave him clear of both!! Orlandi is a good bloke, stick with him. namgo49
  • Score: 4

12:15pm Fri 4 Apr 14

gilbertthecat says...

Last 10-15 mins against Barnsley maybe then, depending on how it's going, 20-25 mins at the Walkers stadium. Prediction only, based on nothing more than a guess, so don't shoot me.
Last 10-15 mins against Barnsley maybe then, depending on how it's going, 20-25 mins at the Walkers stadium. Prediction only, based on nothing more than a guess, so don't shoot me. gilbertthecat
  • Score: 4

1:34pm Fri 4 Apr 14

DESLYNHAMSMOUSTACHE says...

Kemy Agustien calf injury? must have done that falling down the steps of some wine bar.
Kemy Agustien calf injury? must have done that falling down the steps of some wine bar. DESLYNHAMSMOUSTACHE
  • Score: 4

1:48pm Fri 4 Apr 14

VegasSeagull says...

East of CrawleyDown wrote:
Whilst no one should expect too much from CMS, I think there is reason to be a bit more upbeat than Oscar is, he scored a great goal the other day which shows a good level of fitness and sharpness. That picture of CMS doing the 'YMCA' always raises a smile as well!
Set the expectations low and then you will be happy with what you get, and you take some of the pressure off the player, very clever Oscar.
[quote][p][bold]East of CrawleyDown[/bold] wrote: Whilst no one should expect too much from CMS, I think there is reason to be a bit more upbeat than Oscar is, he scored a great goal the other day which shows a good level of fitness and sharpness. That picture of CMS doing the 'YMCA' always raises a smile as well![/p][/quote]Set the expectations low and then you will be happy with what you get, and you take some of the pressure off the player, very clever Oscar. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 3

2:24pm Fri 4 Apr 14

mikeygit says...

Augestin has been a waste of space and with hindsight a poor signing---hope he goes at the end of the season--we cannot afford to carry dead wood.
Augestin has been a waste of space and with hindsight a poor signing---hope he goes at the end of the season--we cannot afford to carry dead wood. mikeygit
  • Score: 8

2:31pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Neville says...

Augustien is on a two year deal,what a disaster and waste of money. Orlandi just never fit,good player but not value for money I am afraid.
Augustien is on a two year deal,what a disaster and waste of money. Orlandi just never fit,good player but not value for money I am afraid. Neville
  • Score: 5

3:18pm Fri 4 Apr 14

East of CrawleyDown says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
East of CrawleyDown wrote:
Whilst no one should expect too much from CMS, I think there is reason to be a bit more upbeat than Oscar is, he scored a great goal the other day which shows a good level of fitness and sharpness. That picture of CMS doing the 'YMCA' always raises a smile as well!
Set the expectations low and then you will be happy with what you get, and you take some of the pressure off the player, very clever Oscar.
This is true to a point, but everyone knows what CMS is capable of, will have seen the 2 goals the other day and will expect a bit more, I don't think CMS is really fazed by pressure, if anything it will probably spur him on. Compare that to Agustien who came with very high expectation and has been a flop. Perhaps he feels the championship is too beneath him, coming from the prem, he's lucky to be at any club judging by his attitude.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]East of CrawleyDown[/bold] wrote: Whilst no one should expect too much from CMS, I think there is reason to be a bit more upbeat than Oscar is, he scored a great goal the other day which shows a good level of fitness and sharpness. That picture of CMS doing the 'YMCA' always raises a smile as well![/p][/quote]Set the expectations low and then you will be happy with what you get, and you take some of the pressure off the player, very clever Oscar.[/p][/quote]This is true to a point, but everyone knows what CMS is capable of, will have seen the 2 goals the other day and will expect a bit more, I don't think CMS is really fazed by pressure, if anything it will probably spur him on. Compare that to Agustien who came with very high expectation and has been a flop. Perhaps he feels the championship is too beneath him, coming from the prem, he's lucky to be at any club judging by his attitude. East of CrawleyDown
  • Score: 7

4:56pm Fri 4 Apr 14

The Bosch says...

heathgate wrote:
Shame about Orlandi, I seem to remember Vicente having a mysterious thigh injury that wouldn't clear up,.... well not until he discovered he wasn't getting his move back to Spain that he coveted.
Outstanding post lol.
[quote][p][bold]heathgate[/bold] wrote: Shame about Orlandi, I seem to remember Vicente having a mysterious thigh injury that wouldn't clear up,.... well not until he discovered he wasn't getting his move back to Spain that he coveted.[/p][/quote]Outstanding post lol. The Bosch
  • Score: -4

4:57pm Fri 4 Apr 14

The Bosch says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
Orlandi is another one whose injury problems are too pronounced for him to be offered a new deal. Pity as he's a gifted player. The club has been carrying too many sick notes this season - and indeed last season.
Yes its the same vile little group over and over again my friend.
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: Orlandi is another one whose injury problems are too pronounced for him to be offered a new deal. Pity as he's a gifted player. The club has been carrying too many sick notes this season - and indeed last season.[/p][/quote]Yes its the same vile little group over and over again my friend. The Bosch
  • Score: -3

5:00pm Fri 4 Apr 14

The Bosch says...

Neville wrote:
Augustien is on a two year deal,what a disaster and waste of money. Orlandi just never fit,good player but not value for money I am afraid.
Thats why Swansea got them off their wage bill asap.Both vile freeloaders.Plus the only club that wanted them Brighton lol hahaha.
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: Augustien is on a two year deal,what a disaster and waste of money. Orlandi just never fit,good player but not value for money I am afraid.[/p][/quote]Thats why Swansea got them off their wage bill asap.Both vile freeloaders.Plus the only club that wanted them Brighton lol hahaha. The Bosch
  • Score: -4

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