A FOOTBALLER, who was left fighting for his life after suffering a serious head injury playing for Falmouth Town last year, has been given the all clear to return to action.
Rob Wearne suffered a fractured skull and spent three days in an induced coma following a sickening collision with an opposition player in Town's SWPL premier division game against Elburton Villa on September 22.
But after five months of rehabilitation the 19-year-old, a former Torquay United youth team player, has been told by doctors that he can play again, and he has been pencilled in to play against Penzance next Friday evening at Bickland Park.
Gilbert said: "We're hoping Rob will be back for the Penzance game. That will be a big bonus for us and it will be great to have the lad back after what he's been through.
"He loves his football and he's desperate to start playing again. It will be great to see him back out there playing football. We do lack a bit of firepower and I'm sure Rob will add to that."
Falmouth, who entertain in-form Liverton on Saturday, are still searching for their first win under Gilbert and Robbie Stephens after they were beaten 2-1 at home to St Austell on Tuesday night (match report page 109).
Town are continuing to improve with every game, but Gilbert admits that elusive first victory is beginning to agitate him.
He said: "We just want that first win to get a bit of confidence. There's nothing else I can say to the lads, we just need that one win that will give us that boost to kick on. It will come eventually.
"We're getting closer but it is frustrating. The goals we conceded were disappointing and it's costing us games.
"We're close, and against St Austell we were in the game, and I couldn't criticise the lads for effort."
Falmouth will check on the fitness of midfielder Ross Pope, who wasn't able to come out for the second half on Tuesday night after suffering a nasty leg injury.
Gilbert was unhappy with the challenge on Pope, who has only just returned to the side following injury.
He said: "We do lack that quality at times and I thought we missed Popey a little bit when he went off. I though it was a shocking tackle, he went right through with his studs on him. I was disappointed the guy didn't get booked for that."
Meanwhile, Penryn Athletic, who drew 3-3 with Hayle in division one west on Saturday, are at home to bottom of the table Foxhole Stars on Saturday.