Paul Hurst is hopeful that he will have back half of the ten players who were unavailable in midweek for their league game against Accrington Stanley.
Otis Khan is a definite miss being out on international duty with Pakistan and there are others who we know have been and will be out long term and are therefore unlikely to come back in for Saturday.
The five players Hurst is hoping to have back for Saturday are likely to be Harry Clifton, Danny Amos, Anthony Glennon, Toby Mullarkey and Donovan Wilson, most of whom were available last weekend and have perhaps had small issues that Hurst did not want to risk on Tuesday.
The Mariners boss said: “We’re hoping about half of that number will be training on Thursday, and as long as that happens, the question will be how they get through training, how they react and get through the work.
“There are a couple that I’m more confident will be fine and others I’m not sure on at this moment but we’ll have to say. It would have been nice to have been able to change a few more players [against Bradford] but we had to go with what we had.
“Realistically there wasn’t too much more we could have done differently with the team and we’re just hoping that none of them have picked up an injury in the game. There was nothing obvious, but it will be a case of speaking with Dave [Moore] and seeing how everyone is for definite [on Thursday].”
Hurst could only name five substitutes including a goalkeeper for the EFL Trophy defeat to Bradford with younger members of the squad like Jamie Bramwell and Cameron Gardner being given a run out for some vital experience, but also out of necessity.
In a moment where Town picked up a win and a draw from their last two league outings and could now start a run which will hopefully propel them up the table, it is not ideal to be dealing with these constant injury issues.
It does not allow for consistency with selection for one, which was a big priority as something Hurst wanted more of this term compared to last and is one of the reasons why the team have not made the best start they possibly could in the league.
If they do get all the players that they are expecting to be back for the weekend, then that eases the pressure a little bit, but the depth of the squad is being tested at this time with the decisions being made to carry a slightly smaller group of players compared to last year.
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