NEIL HARRIS said the 45 minutes Shaun Hutchinson played against Leeds United U23s on Monday was "exactly what he needed" as he continues his recovery from hamstring and calf problems.
Hutchinson has played just a handful of minutes of competitive action this season following his summer move from Fulham.
The 25-year-old central defender played the first half of the Professional Development League fixture with Leeds, before departing at the break. He is scheduled for another run out with Justin Skinner's side next week.
"He came through unscathed," Harris said. "He was a little bit tentative to start with, obviously, a little bit nervous before the game but he came through well.
"It was exactly what he needed. It was a good test, he got tested in behind a few times early. He had to turn and run and was tested physically and competitively in the air.
"He's come through fine and will continue to train fully with the first team and then he'll play again Monday in the 23s.
"After that we'll have to see how he looks in training, how his stats are.
"We're in October and he's not played a lot of competitive football since last April. So whether he's up and running after next Monday we'll have to see.
"But if he keeps progressing like he is he's not going to be far away."
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