SHAUN Tuton and Kayden Jackson both returned to training today ahead of our trip down to Luton Town this Saturday.
Tuton suffered an injury to his ankle during the 2-2 draw away at Notts County last Saturday, however the striker has impressed manager Paul Hurst with his determination. During his pre-match press conference, the manager said "he's partly training, we dipped him in and out a bit but he's desparate to be involved and play." When questioned about Shaun's chances of starting, Hurst remained cautious. "I want to see him tomorrow and speak to Dave Moore about the best way forward.
"We don't want to risk it any more than we have too in terms of making the injury worse. With some players you have to kick them out the door, others you have to push back in and he certainly is the latter. That certainly is the type of player I want, people who are willing to give it a go".
The manager also has Kayden Jackson returning from injury, after the striker suffered an injury prior to the game last weekend. "He's back training, it was his first day back today, he's done some work back at Barnsley who are happy that he's ready to go", said Paul Hurst. "Straight away we've got more options available to us, especially in the attacking sense".
Hurst will again be without the services of Rhys Browne and Sean McAllister, both of who returned to training this morning but are not ready for a competitive return. "It's definitely a step in the right direction and fingers crossed they both get a good weeks training in and look towards either a week on Saturday or the game after for a return" said the manager. Dan Jones will also be an absentee, with the defender hoping to return to first team training at some point next week.
The Mariners have also bolstered the ranks between the posts, with Dean Henderson taking part in training following his International duty with the England under 20 squad. "He's only had a couple of days with us but from what i've seen he does look good" mentioned Hurst. "He's a confident boy which for a keeper is certainly not a bad thing. He's fitted straight in and worked hard with James McKeown and Andy Warrington, he looks a good addition to us.
After James McKeown's impressive performance at Notts County, the manager has stated that he will remain in goal at Luton. "I said last Saturday was his best performance, now i'm not saying he needed competition because he's a great pro but it doesn't hurt. You respond to competition and that's what we've got all over the pitch and that only goes well for me". When asked if he will remain in goal for Saturday, the manager simply replied "yes".
You can catch Paul Hurst's pre match press conference in full over on Mariners PlayerHD later this afternoon.