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25 August 2016

RHYS Browne & Dan Jones look set to miss Saturday's home fixture vs. Stevenage, after suffering hamstring and knee injuries respectively. Sean McAllister continues to be monitored regarding his groin injury which is requiring an injection to manage, but the midfielder continues to participate in training. 

In his pre-match press conference at Cheapside, manager Paul Hurst said "he looks like he's damaged his hamstring, the other one which is better with it not being the same injury, but it's obviously not good news for him. He's looking very doubtful for the weekend."

As with hamstring injuries, Hurst remained cautious when discussing a time frame for return. "He's never done one before coming here" said Paul Hurst. "Last time it felt like cramp, which obviously we knew wasn't the case. Today he's just felt it, you're hoping that it's nothing serious and will only be a couple of days but you're never quite sure at this stage". 

Dan Jones will the Mariners other absentee, after picking up a knee injury the day before Town's 2-1 defeat at home to Leyton Orient. "Dan was ruled out last Friday ahead of the game", mentioned the manager. "He stretched for a ball and just jarred his knee and that's taking a little longer to recover than we'd like, so it looks like he will be out as well".

Zak Mills made his comeback from injury last weekend, making the bench vs. Leyton Orient, with the defender getting closer to a return to first team action. When questioned about the young full-back, Paul Hurst said "He's been in training a little while now, he's starting to feel better. He trained today and will look to be part of the squad this weekend. When you go somewhere new, you are keen to impress which was hampered by that injury". 

When questioned about changes for the upcoming game, Hurst was quick to mention that a loss doesn't force his hand into making changes. "I do that even when we win", the manager said. "A win doesn't cover everything that has gone on in the game. If you compare it to the game against Morecambe where we won and everything was really good, a lot of the stats suggest we played better at the weekend. It wouldn't be far wrong but we can't have everything on stats, the important one was that we scored one and conceded two.

"But at the same time, that doesn't mean there wasn't a lot of good things going on, but ultimately it is results."

You can catch the managers full pre-match press conference over on Mariners PlayerHD later this afternoon.

Tickets are available online at the early bird prices for Saturday by clicking HERE

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