During his pre-match press conference today at Cheapside, Paul Hurst was asked about Ashley and his recovery. "He's still sore because he's got the stitches in, they'll be removed tomorrow morning", said Hurst. "Generally, he came in on Tuesday and he is in good spirits and he's keen to get back. He was still moving around a little gingerly but again, the general feeling is that he shouldn't be too long".
Sean McAllister made his return from injury on Tuesday with a 45 minute cameo for the Reserves in their 3-1 victory over York City. Despite his appearance, the gaffer believes that Saturday may come just too soon for his eagerly anticipated return to first team action. "He's trained today and had no reaction to that, hopefully we're on the right road with him but I think it's a little too soon for this weekend", said Hurst.
The Mariners squad has also been boosted by the return of both Dean Henderson and Rhys Browne from international duty for England under 20's and Antigua & Barbuda respectively. Both have returned fit and healthy and are welcomed back into contention for Saturday.
Zak Mills made his long awaited Football League debut during the 0-0 draw away at Exeter, with the defender making a positive impression. "I thought he did very well", said Hurst. "I've gone on record saying that he started a little nervous, but at the same time, he carried out his defensive duties very well and he grew in confidence and made some vital interceptions."
When asked if or not Mills will retain his place, Paul Hurst mentioned "that's the tough one. Because of the opposition, in terms of team mate opposition in Ben Davies who is very experienced, that doesn't get him in the team alone but his performances have been good. I asked him to play in a different position with no qualms whatsoever, he's happy to do a job for the team."
You will be able to catch the managers full press conference on Mariners PlayerHD later today.