During his pre-match press conference at Cheapside today, manager Paul Hurst discussed the fitness of his players for Saturday.
"Dan is still out, he's got some bone bruising so that's hard to put a time scale on.
"Rhys Browne is out with his hamstring and Sean McAllister is definitely ruled out for at least another week, but we should have him back in training ahead of Luton."
Yesterday was a busy day for the Mariners, with three new faces snapped up on deadline day. Both Shaun Tuton and Brandon Comley trained this morning with their new team mates, after signing on loan from Barnsley and Queens Park Rangers respectively. Hurst was asked about each of his new signings and what they are expected to bring to the team.
When asked about Shaun Tuton, the manager replied "he's a goal scorer who works extremely hard. He's keen to get out and get some game time and he found that difficult at Barnsley. As soon as you see him, you'll see a player who works extremely hard for the team. He adds to the striking options we've got."
Dean Henderson was the next player through the door, with the England Under 20's international joining on loan until January from Manchester United. "We had a conversation a couple of weeks ago and there was a possibility of us getting him in", mentioned Hurst. "A big thank you to his club for letting him join, he's not available this weekend but after that, he can provide James McKeown with some competition."
Brandon Comley followed shortly after, again signing on loan until January from QPR. "He's something different than what we've got in midfield, a bit more energy and a bit more of a person who is going to win the ball back for us", said Paul Hurst. "He had a good loan spell with Carlisle last season, it's where he first came to my attention. When we asked the question if he wanted to come, he was pretty much getting into his car which is always a positive!".
Despite failing to land a centre back on deadline day, the manager is more than happy with his squad. "I've given my headache in terms of squad as a whole, i've done it for the right reasons. We certainly thought we had a centre back, agreed but that one fell through. So on that one we failed but i'm certainly happy with the squad i've got."
When questioned about whether either of his new signings will start at the weekend, the manager simply replied "we will find out on Saturday".
A small number of tickets are still available for Saturday from the Blundell Park ticket office. Those wishing to travel are highly recommended to purchase them at the earliest possibly opportunity.