Josh Roberts is nearing a return to playing duties for the Musketeers.
Josh Roberts is nearing a return to playing duties for the Musketeers. Rob Williams

Captain focusing on Christmas comeback

MUSKETEERS president Jon Campbell has tabled a solid timetable for the return of 2016-17 captain Josh Roberts from injury.

The ex-Australian representative and ABL veteran is at the end of a long layoff due to a broken leg suffered playing rugby league for Norths.

Campbell said the club is aiming to have Roberts back on the mound for the round 12 home game against Padres on January 10.

It would give Roberts a possible 14 matches to work his way into form, before the Musketeers are - hopefully - make further noise in the GBL finals.

"Josh had the pin taken out (of his broken leg) during the week, so he's firmly in the final stretch of the recovery stage now,” Campbell said.

"We're not 100% certain, but we're confident he'll be back for the first game after Christmas.”

Despite his playing absence, Roberts has still been a regular face at Musketeers training and matches so far this season.

"He's a new Dad now, his wife had a baby last week which kept him away for a few days but he was there on the bench on Wednesday,” Campbell said.

"He's ready to get back out there, and we need him to pitch for us.

"He's an ex-Australian player and an ABL veteran, he'll add a lot to our team.”

Callum Dick