Gillingham goalkeeper Stuart Nelson nearing fitness return

Stuart Nelson of Gillingham saves the shot from Alan Judge of Brentford during the Sky Bet League One match between Brentford and Gillingham at Griffin Park on January 24, 2014
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Gillingham boss Peter Taylor reveals that goalkeeper Stuart Nelson should be back in action in "a couple of weeks".

Gillingham boss Peter Taylor has revealed that goalkeeper Stuart Nelson is closing in on a return to fitness.

The 33-year-old has been out of action since the opening day of the season when he suffered ligament damage in his thumb.

However, the experienced shot-stopper is now expected to be back in contention during the middle of October.

"He is training with us now and doing well," Taylor told the club's official website. "He is pushing on, which is good, and he will be delighted to be back out there.

"He is not ready for first-team football yet but I don't think that is going to be far away. I would say a couple of weeks max."

The Gills are currently in 12th place in the League One table after taking 12 points from their first nine games of the season.

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