Paul Hurst confirmed that Anthony Glennon and Niall Maher are back in training for Grimsby Town this week as the squad moves closer to full fitness.
Otis Khan and Donovan Wilson have also been out with injuries sustained in pre-season and they outlined for a return to work on the grass this week and could both be back for the start of next month.
Glennon and Maher both started the first league game of the season, with the latter having missed the last three games. Danny Amos has filled in well for Glennon at left-back for the last two league games, who has battled a hamstring issue in the last week.
The defensive selection has stayed consistent from Hurst outside of the injury-enforced changes, with captain Luke Waterfall coming in for Maher alongside new arrivals Jake Eastwood, Toby Mullarkey and Harvey Rodgers who have started well.
The return of the forward players Khan and Wilson will be a big boost to the team, with Hurst’s options in the attacking positions limited in their absence. The club also have the transfer deadline to contend with next week after their trip to Walsall, and the Grimsby boss confirmed there will not be any senior departures with the current state of the squad.
He said: “I’m not sure that you want to leave yourself too depleted, if some come in before the deadline then we might look at it but certainly at this moment in time it is more about trying to bolster the squad rather than lose any of the senior players.
“We’ve got a couple of people that would be our preferences [to bring in]. We’re not too far away from the deadline but as games go by, certain players are picked or left out of teams which change people’s views so we’ll see if anything happens before Saturday.”
If Town can get through to September without any fresh concerns, they will be in a great place in terms of their squad strength, with potential further additions considered, to attack the upcoming games, with Town taking on the likes of Gillingham, Bradford and Wrexham in the next couple of weeks.
With five games in two weeks to start the season and injuries to contend with, Hurst and his team have done okay so far, but they will want to build some proper momentum once the transfer business is out of the way and the injured players are back to full fitness.
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