RIGHT-BACK Kyle Egan’s imminent return from a knee injury is like a “new signing” for Dorchester Town, according to manager Callum Brooks.

Egan, a former Exeter City defender, has been out for over two months after suffering a medial collateral ligament problem in the 2-2 draw with Taunton Town in mid-September.

But the marauding full-back is set to make his comeback in the Magpies’ matchday squad at Farnborough today (3pm).

On Egan’s return, Brooks told Echosport: “Just seeing him back in full training has given everyone a lift.

“We’ve not really seen Kyle this season – he got injured before the season got up and running properly.

“Kyle will be like a new signing to us, he’s a player that any team at this level would miss. For me, he’s the best right-back in the league.

“To have him back going into a crucial time is a real bonus and it can only help.”

Brooks also offered an update on centre-back Ross Carmichael, who is a long-term absentee with a serious knee injury.

He said: “For Ross, it was always a case of being able to have a go fully from pre-season (in 2020). It’s a long, drawn-out process which requires a bit of discipline around his day job and things like that.

“It’s not a quick one and I’ve left it open for him to come in and use the club, I’ve kept him as part of the group.

“When he feels he wants to be around football, he can be. He sees our physio and can come in and use the spin bikes and all the training equipment. My door of support is fully open to him.”