John Coleman expects to have another severely depleted squad for tomorrow night’s game with Notts County but has every faith that those selected can rise to the challenge.
The Reds head into the rescheduled fixture looking to keep up the pressure on the top three in League Two after Saturday’s victory at Oxford United.
But that win came at a cost, with Joe Wright added to the injury list and Tom Davies being sent off, leaving numbers low.
“As it stands now I think the squad that we’ve got we would be one short on the bench, which we would probably make up with a youth team player,” said Coleman at his pre-match press conference.
“I think both Dean Winnard and Josh Windass are only about three weeks away and that will be like two new signings. By the end of the week it will be like signing four players. On Tuesday we’ve got Matt Crooks and Adam Buxton back and on Saturday we’ll have Shay McCartan and Tom Davies back.
“Terry Gornell’s (ankle) injury is not as bad as first appeared. So within two or three weeks we could be back to scratch our head to pick subs let alone pick a first team.
“Joe Wright is at Huddersfield for treatment. It looks like it’s only bone bruising but we don’t know how long that can last. We hope it will only be Tuesday that he will probably miss.
“Mark Hughes unfortunately tweaked his calf in training the week before last but he came through training on Friday and yesterday and is training again today so he could be in contention for a start.
“We lost two centre halves on Saturday but the lads who got asked to do a job did it – Liam Wakefield did really well when he went in there and I thought Sean McConville did really well at right back.”