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The Town boss kicked off his pre Mansfield press conference with an update on his injured players.
He said: “Wooley [Martin Woolford] had a bit of an ankle injury and a foot injury to Karleigh Osbourne – so we’ll wait and see. Tom Bolarinwa, who didn’t make the bench, also picked up a bit of a calf injury. There’s nothing major in those injuries but we’ll wait and see if they are going to be fully fit and available for the weekend."
The Town boss will have Danny Collins and Sam Jones back at his disposal after completing suspensions. The gaffer said: “Those who started the game [Crewe] will give themselves a very good chance of maybe starting again.”
Long-term absentees Jamey Osborne (knee) and Akwasi Asante (groin) are both making good progress, according to the Town boss. Akwasi warmed up with the players today and did some ball-work, while Osborne is still quite a way off and Slade doesn’t expect to see him back in action this side of Christmas.
The Town boss is expecting Akwasi to be back in full time training by the end of the month.
Asked about the trialists that are currently with the club - Reece Hall-Johnson, Armend Kabashi, André Olukanmi and Elie Junior Akobeto, Slade said: “There’s a couple that have done okay. Whether we have another look before we bring closure to that, we will see.”
Asking if all the pressure would be on Mansfield after their summer spending spree, he said: “Fair play to the chairman at Mansfield and Steve Evans, they are having a right go at it, have got a very strong squad. They’ve got lots of depth and that’s cost a fair amount of money to assemble, I’m sure.”
Asked about Mansfield boss Evans, the Town boss replied. “I’ve encountered Steve in many, many battles – in all of the leagues – from the Conference to the Championship. I’ve probably played against him more than most.
“You have to respect what he has done. His teams are always on the front foot and in your face. I’ve had my run-ins with him, yes, course I have, but that’s the nature of the game.”