GARY Oliver is nearing a return from injury with the striker set to join full training this month.

The Morton hitman has been sidelined since breaking his collarbone against Peterhead at the end of November.

Manager Jonatan Johansson expects Oliver to make a comeback towards the end of the month, and he could be back in full training with the first team after their Scottish Cup tie against East Fife next week.

He told the Tele: “Gary is quite near [to coming back], but with him we have to let the bone heal a certain amount of weeks.

“He’s scheduled to come back into full training after the cup game, he’s been working hard.”

The manager is still unsure of when Oliver’s fellow forward Denny Johnstone will make a return to the first team.

The former Birmingham City and St Johnstone player has only played four games for the Ton this season.

The 23-year-old was signed while recovering from a knee injury suffered last season playing for Saints, and had a reoccurrence of it earlier in the season.

He has been out since September, and Johansson says Ton can’t rush Johnstone back.

He added: “It’s long term and it’s difficult for me to put a time limit on it. It’s difficult for us as he’s one of our main strikers and he’s been out all season more or less.

“It’s been disappointing, none more so than for Denny himself and hopefully we can get him back soon.”

Meanwhile, Ben Armour and Lewis Strapp yesterday completed loan moves to Dumbarton and Annan Athletic respectively.