Phil Parkinson has explained Aidan McGeady's shock return to the U23 side last week. The Irish International has not featured for the first team since November 26, 2019.

Parkinson said: "I had a good chat with Aiden, and the key for him is that he's got to get himself fit. He's come back and had a couple of niggling injuries. He had an injection in his knee which he then needed a period of rest for. We've put together a programme for him that's similar to the ones the lads had in pre-season. I just said to him, 'let's get you fit and then we can sit down and assess everything'. Because until he's fit and flying, there is no discussion to be had really. He wants to continue playing but unfortunately, he's had a long period of inactivity and he needs to get himself ready. We'll assess everything then. I just said to follow the programme we've put in place for him, and then we'll have another conversation.”