Grimsby Town at Nuneaton: Mariners trio could make comebacks
THE Mariners could receive a triple injury boost ahead of tonight's trip to face Nuneaton Town.
Skipper Craig Disley and striker Ross Hannah, pictured, both sat out the weekend defeat to Cambridge United, with hamstring and foot injuries respectively.
In addition, centre-half Shaun Pearson limped off in the final ten minutes with a hip problem.
But Town joint boss Paul Hurst says the trio are all in contention for a return to action in Warwickshire tonight.
"Ross trained yesterday and felt a lot better," the co-manager explained. "He is taping his boot up because he's had to cut part of it away, so that's a positive.
"Craig Disley has also trained, so we're going to have a chat and make a decision on that one.
"There's a chance he could be back tonight but we need to dig a little deeper and have a bit more dialog.
"He's got a pretty good chance. It will come down to how he feels because he's enjoyed a good, high tempo session and he's struck a ball which he was happy about.
"He's certainly not out of contention, let's put it that way.
"Shaun Pearson hasn't trained so far but should be available to us. We've decided to leave him because of the nature of the groin stiffening up and, with the weather, it's a heavy training pitch so we felt it was better that he did a bit in the gym."
Another injury victim, Derek Niven, won't make the clash as he continued his recovery from an adductor tendon injury.
However, Hurst is hopeful that the midfielder will resume training later this week.
"Derek has done a bit more work with Dave Moore (Town physio) and he hasn't had any negative reaction from the work he did on Saturday at the game.
"That's looking more promising and as far as I'm aware things are on schedule with – if it has gone well – the potential for him to train on Thursday.
"That's the target and if we get to that point we'll see how he comes through that training session."
After making his comeback from a ruptured Achilles on Saturday, Liam Hearn may drop out of the Town squad again.
"We're not sure if he'll be involved tonight because Ross has trained. Providing he doesn't have any reaction then it's debatable whether we keep Liam involved.
"He's had a little taste and I'm sure he'll be working extremely hard to get back in a Grimsby Town shirt on a regular basis."