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Jordan Stewart is primed to make Swindon Town debut

By Graham Luney

Jordan Stewart is on course to make his Swindon Town debut tomorrow - just days after fighting homesickness and returning to the club.

The former Glentoran ace could be thrust into first-team action as boss Mark Cooper is facing a growing injury crisis.

Town's winless run has stretched to seven games in all competitions so the stage is set for the Northern Ireland Under-21 international to show what he can do at Millwall in a League One clash.

Stewart scored the only goal in a development game against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday and Cooper has said the striker is in his thoughts for this weekend.

When quizzed on the club's injury problems, he added: "We have to get on with it and try and get a team on the field."

A first-team debut would complete a remarkable transformation for Stewart, who had returned to Northern Ireland after struggling to settle in England.

After joining the Robins in a two-year deal at the end of August for a fee in the region of £50,000 plus add-ons from Glentoran, Stewart said: "I'm definitely excited to get started". However, he failed to get used to his new surroundings.

Family and friends encouraged him not to let go of his full-time dream and he's now hoping to get his career back on track.

On the 20-year-old's return, Cooper joked: "He's like a yo-yo". He added: "We had a bit of fun yesterday and a sweepstake among the boys on how long he would last this time. One or two days?" But Stewart has given his Swindon dream another shot and a first-team bow tomorrow would further lift his spirits.

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