Farsley Celtic have been boosted by the return to training of two of their long-term injured.

Highly rated central defender Jack Leckie joined the Celts in August on a season-long loan from Hull City and has made six appearances, but hasn’t played since our 4-0 reverse at Blyth Spartans in September.

Head coach Clayton Donaldson says Jack is now back in full training with parent club Hull City and is now waiting for The Tigers to give the go ahead for his return to action with The Celts.

“I’m hoping Leckie won’t be too long,” Clayton said. “We’re just waiting to hear from Hull and we’re looking forward to having him back in the squad.”

Harry Sheridan is another defender who has missed a large chunk of the season so far, but is now back in training.

Versatile Harry joined The Celts on a permanent from Trafford FC in August and made eight league and cup appearances before injury forced him out of action in early October.

“Sheridan has had a few injuries but the good news is that he has also been back in training for a few weeks,” said Clayton. “We’re being extra careful. He’s part time so it will take him a bit longer than Leckie to build up fitness.”

Forward Darren Stephenson has been out since limping off in the 1-1 draw at Southport back in November and no date has been set for his return.

“Darren’s doing his rehabilitation work and doing what he has to, but it’s taking a bit longer than we thought initially,” Clayton added. “It’s going to be a little bit longer with him.”

Lewis Turner. Photo: John McEvoy

The Celts have also been boosted by the return to full training of the versatile Lewis Turner. Lewis, who hasn’t played this season and also missed pre-season, joined Ossett United on a one-month loan deal this week, along with young forward Joao Silva.

“Turner has been out for a long time and needed that expansion and competitive game time. We hope he’ll get that at Ossett and return to us match fit.

“Joao is a bit different. He’s played well for us this season but with players returning we see the loan move as a top up for him and he’ll come back to us fighting fit for the run-in, when we will need everyone.”