John Coleman doesn’t expect to welcome any players back from injury for tomorrow’s home game with Wycombe Wanderers as the treatment room at the Wham Stadium continues to be a busy place.
Matt Crooks is the latest to join the list of those sidelined after limping off in Saturday’s win over Plymouth.
It’s a waiting game to find out how long the midfielder will be out for.
“He had a scan yesterday so we’re expecting the results of that today,” explained Coleman. “We’re waiting for an email. I’d say it’s pretty much certain he’s out for tomorrow but we’ll know the extent of the injury once we get those results back.
“Scott Brown (who replaced Crooks) looks like he’s been in a flipping war with marks on his face like he’s been kicked in the head but we’ve always said players have to step up to the mark and it might not just be Scott, there could be others. They have to be ready.”
There is better news on two longer term absentees in the shape of Josh Windass and Dean Winnard though, with both stepping up their recoveries following surgery.
“Josh has gone back to St George’s Park this week and I’m really hopeful he’ll be back available to us for the weekend,” said the manager.
“Dean is good to go but just needs signing off medically. The surgeon will sign him off at the end of the month so it’s just a case of sitting, waiting and suffering for him now.
“Joe Wright was off his crutches on Saturday but we’ll be lucky to get him back before the end of the season. Having Dean coming back will soften that blow a little.
“Terry Gornell is moving a lot better now and I’d say he’s probably a week or two away, which is better than we initially thought. When I first saw how swollen his ankle was I feared he’d be out for the season.”