Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley has confirmed that on-loan Sunderland midfielder Elliot Embleton and right-back Reece Hall-Johnson will miss Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Crawley Town at Blundell Park (3pm).
The Mariners welcome Gabriele Cioffi’s side to Blundell Park at the weekend, with Town looking to return to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two.
But Town boss Jolley has revealed that Embleton is representing England U20s in their friendly with Germany on Monday (7pm) – and will return to the Mariners next week – while Hall-Johnson will be out with a groin problem for three weeks.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, Jolley said: “Unfortunately Elliot Embleton is still away with England, which is good for him and bad for us.
“He’s certainly been one of our better plays in his time with us, and we look forward to welcoming him back next week.
“It’s probably not a common problem for Grimsby Town to have an England international player away frequently.
“But it’s something you’ve got to contend with if you bring in a player like that – it’s an important part of his development so we understand why he’s got to do it, and we wish him well.
“Reece Hall-Johnson came off on Tuesday night – unfortunately he’s got a pull in his groin so he’s probably going to be out injured for three weeks.”
But the Mariners have been handed injury boosts ahead of Saturday’s game with 12th-place Crawley, with midfielder Mitch Rose and defender Alex Whitmore in contention for a return to the squad.
Jolley said: “Mitch Rose was able to re-join training today so that was a bonus, and Alex Whitmore is okay with his ribs – they’re more or less back to normal now.”