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Bentley due to return

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Gillingham manager Mark Stimson is hoping club captain Mark Bentley will be able to return to training next week after his groin injury.

The utility player returned to pre-season training after suffering the injury while out for a run on his own during the summer and it was feared he would be forced to sit out most of the preparations.

But Stimson said: "It's not as bad as we first thought so that's good. He can start to up his workload now. I don't know if anyone's seen him but he's brought his own bike in from home and been cycling around everywhere to try and keep his fitness up."

He added: "He's had to stop training with the boys and the football but he can cycle so he can keep his endurance work going up to a point. We'll see how he goes, it's just a matter of not overdoing it and not getting a reaction.

"If we can go along then touch wood in a week's time he'll be able to join in the warm-up and we'll go from there."

The Gills start their pre-season campaign on Saturday at local non-league side Folkestone Invicta and will include four trialists in the shape of former Crewe defender Chris McCready, ex-Yeovil centre-back Aaron Brown and former Charlton duo Sam Long and Rashid Yussuff.

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