Grimsby Town's Greg Pearson hoping to prove his fitness ahead of Kidderminster clash
GREG Pearson is desperate to prove his fitness ahead of Grimsby Town’s clash at Kidderminster Harriers – and bolster the Mariners’ injury-hit frontline.
The former Burton Albion striker has sat out Town’s last two matches with a troublesome groin strain.
But after ten days of inactivity, the 27-year-old is targeting a return to training later this week and a place in Saturday’s match-day squad.
“The injury’s not too bad. It’s clearing up well and I’m not feeling anything like I was before,” said Pearson.
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“I’ve been working with Dave Moore (Town’s physio) over the last week and I just needed a bit of time off it because I’ve felt it for a while. The last 7-10 days will hopefully sort it out for good.
“Obviously I don’t want to take one step forward to take two steps back, but I think we’re on top of the problem now.
“I haven’t started training again yet but we’re hopeful that I can get at least one football session in before the end of the week and be available for Saturday.
“It’s up to the managers then to decide if I will be selected for Kidderminster.
“But I’m desperate to be involved and we’ll see what happens from there.”
The frontman also revealed he has been carrying the injury throughout the start of the Mariners’ Blue Square Bet Premier campaign.
“I’ve been playing on it and I thought it would clear up but it hasn’t – it’s actually got worse.
“I was playing injured so it was quite a frustrating time.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do more in terms of work-rate but maybe in terms of what I can provide – I was restricted in certain movements
“After scoring my first couple of goals against Mansfield and the injury then flaring up at Hereford in the next game, the timing couldn’t have been much worse.
“Hopefully it’s cleared up now and I can start producing my very best.”
Pearson’s return would be a timely boost for joint bosses Rob Scott and Paul Hurst.
The duo are already without long-term injury victim Liam Hearn, and on Saturday they saw fellow forward Andy Cook limp off the field after just 19 minutes of the clash with Forest Green.
That leaves them with just two fully-fit strikers – Anthony Elding and young Dayle Southwell.
Pearson admits that the last two matches have been difficult to watch.
“I’m a terrible football watcher. I get very anxious and would rather not go to the games if I’m not playing,” he said.
“It’s very frustrating – as a footballer you constantly want to be playing, so to watch your mates play without you couldn’t be much worse.
“I hate it. There’s nothing worse for me, although if the team’s winning that always makes it easier.
“It’s never nice sitting down to watch a game of football which you think you could have been playing in Hopefully I won’t have to go through that on Saturday.”