BEN Davies is set to remain sidelined for the visit of Cheltenham Town this Saturday, with the defender suffering a calf injury in the run up to last weekend's 1-0 away victory at Cambridge.
He will join Ashley Chambers on the injury list, who remains unavailable despite having his stitches removed following the large cut received during the 3-0 home defeat to Hartlepool. On the positive side, Chambers has returned to light training, with manager Paul Hurst stating that the midfielder had started to have a slow jog, but the weekend will come around too soon.
Another player set to miss out is Sean McAllister. Despite returning to action for the reserves, the midfielder has had a recurrence of his troublesome groin injury. "Unfortunately, he has felt his groin again", said Hurst at his pre-match press conference today at Cheapside. "Whilst he hasn't really been back in contention, that certainly puts that one to bed". An un-named player has also been suffering through illness, who will be monitored in the build up to the fixture.
The manager was asked whether or not the injuries in the squad are less of a worry following a fantastic away win like that at Cambridge. "I've always said it's not particularly the way I work", replied Hurst. "I'm not saying that it'll be the same or not, but it's more about looking at the opposition and also looking at how we've trained and the performance from Saturday. Those things come into my thinking and you pick the best team that gives you the best chance of winning".
Cheltenham visit Blundell Park on Saturday following their successful promotion campaign last season, where they won the league by 12 points and currently sit in 19th in Sky Bet League Two. Paul Hurst was asked whether or not he is surprised with our opponents current league position. "Not particularly, I don't think there's anything in the league", replied the manager. "They are lower down than us currently but listen, they won the league and finished 21 points ahead of us but it's a new season, so realistically that counts for nothing. The squads are different, we've had quite a lot of changes, Cheltenham are pretty similar with only a few additions and changes, but there's not much in the league at all."
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