Grimsby Town v Buxton: Ian Miller gets nod to fill void
DEFENDER Ian Miller is set for a recall to the Mariners' starting XI for the clash with Buxton – but Joe Colbeck won't be back from injury.
Centre-half Nathan Pond sits out the match after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign in last weekend's victory over Braintree Town.
And Grimsby Town joint manager Paul Hurst has confirmed that Miller will be the man to once again deputise.
However, Colbeck's knee injury keeps the winger out for another week, and Frankie Artus will remain on the sidelines for three to four weeks.
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"Ian Miller will play in place of Nathan Pond. Beyond, that, Joe Colbeck's still injured and Frankie Artus has had had his hernia operation.
"I think Joe should be available for Ebbsfleet. There's no guarantees of course, but the Trophy game has definitely come too soon for him.
"It will be at least three or four weeks before Frankie's back. Everything went as expected and it's a relatively standard operation these days, so we don't envisage any problems."
Other than the one enforced switch in personnel, Hurst insists he and Rob Scott won't be looking to make mass changes.
"If you make too many changes it can give the players a bit of an excuse and reason to take their foot off the pedal," he added.
"But for the lads who do get the shirt, it's again a chance to impress and either stake a claim if they haven't been in the team or convince us to keep them in.
"If they're a regular starter but they play poorly tomorrow that puts it in our minds to potentially drop them. I wouldn't want that to happen as a player and hopefully we'll see the right attitude tomorrow."
As reported, winger Louie Soares has returned to Cleethorpes from his loan spell at Ebbsfleet United.
And Hurst has challenged the former Hayes & Yeading man to impress the Town bosses.
"We'll have to discuss whether he's in the match-day squad or not," he said.
"Louie's loan had almost run its course, and it's the Trophy this weekend so we didn't him to be cup-tied. Then the weekend after we play Ebbsfleet so he wouldn't have been able to play anyway.
"We've cut his loan short but he's had plenty of games with them and has been training with us up here from time to time.
"He's gone out and got some match fitness and confidence – now it's a case of him impressing and pushing for that start.
"The door's not close for Louie and we'll see how it goes over the next month or so."