Grimsby Town: Greg Pearson's back - but Shaun's out
IT'S contrasting news for 'the Pearsons' as Grimsby Town prepare to kick off their FA Cup campaign against Kidderminster Harriers.
After injuring himself in training and missing last weekend's league victory at AFC Telford, centre-half Shaun Pearson will sit out tomorrow's clash at Blundell Park.
The 23-year-old has formed a rock-solid centre-back partnership with Nathan Pond this season, helping the Mariners to the best defensive record in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
"Shaun will be out again, he's still struggling," admitted joint boss Paul Hurst
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"We're waiting for a bit more news on that injury and a bit more detail. It's a strange one because there's nothing we can particularly remember happening in training.
"It's almost like a shin-splints injury, which is very unusual this time of year and to be in as much pain as he is. It hasn't settled down as we had hoped at this present time.
"We've got a couple of other lads with niggles but I don't want to reveal too much and do Steve's (Burr) job for him!"
In contrast, namesake Greg Pearson made a return from his injury woes with a run-out in Tuesday's Reserve match against his former club Burton Albion. The forward has struggled with both groin and knee problems, but could make tomorrow's match day 16.
And, as reported, on-loan striker Ross Hannah also misses out after parent club Bradford City decided they didn't want him cup-tied.
Hurst added: "With Ross out, there will be at least one change and we'll decide if we need to make one or two more.
"Greg Pearson played 90 minutes for the Reserves. He would be the first to say he's not quite up to speed yet, but it's 90 minutes getting towards where we want him to be. He came through the game unscathed which is good and he's back in contention, but he's got a little bit to go before he's where he wants to be."
The Mariners have refused Ebbsfleet United permission to play on-loan winger Louie Soares in their FA Cup game at Woking tomorrow.
However, Fleet remain keen to extend the 27-year-old's temporary stay with the club beyond next week.