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McCann: No Fresh Injury Concerns

26 March 2021

Grant McCann has reported no fresh injury concerns ahead of tomorrow’s League One clash with Gillingham.

The boss confirmed that defender Sean McLoughlin and midfielder Jordan Flores have returned to training on the grass after spells on the treatment table.

“Everyone came through the game (at Shrewsbury) last week fine,” said McCann.

“It’s pleasing we’ve had Jordan Flores and Sean McLoughlin on the grass this week.

“Jordan had a little bit of tendonitis in his knee so we took him off the pitch for a bit. Sean had a little calf injury but both of them have joined in training this week.

“Whether they’re fit enough to be involved at the weekend, we’ll give them as much time as possible. But it’s nice to see a couple of bodies coming off the table.”

Forward Josh Magennis and winger Gavin Whyte are both unavailable due to international duty with Northern Ireland – the duo playing 78 and 64 minutes respectively of last night’s 2-0 defeat to Italy.

In their absence, McCann is hoping others can make their mark.

“We’ll miss both of them,” said McCann. “It was pleasing to see them start the game last night against a top-class opponent.

“We just hope they come back safe and sound from the trip – no dramas, no injuries, nothing like that. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.

“They’ll both be a miss for us – they’re both in good form. Josh has had a couple of little niggles with his ankle but he’s in a better place now. Gavin, likewise, is coming back from a little problem with his ankle.

“It’s an opportunity for others now to step up to the plate.

“We’ve got good options. James Scott is training very well. Dan Crowley is training very well. Ahmed Salam is improving all the time. Tom Eaves is chomping at the bit.

“There are good options for us and it’s about picking the right three – including Mallik (Wilks) and Keane (Lewis-Potter) – that can go and affect the game against Gillingham.”

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