Phil Parkinson has provided a fitness update on his squad as the Lads prepare to host Peterborough United this Saturday afternoon.
George Dobson serves the second of his three-match ban, whilst the manager has some disappointing news on the outlook of Morgan Feeney’s injury, picked up in Monday’s under-23 visit to Burnley.
“Morgan unfortunately has picked up quite a serious problem with his hamstring,” Parkinson said.
“He overstretched for a ball in Monday’s U23 game, and he’s going to see a surgeon - so that’s a big blow for him and for us.
“I felt like he was really progressing well, so we feel for Morgan.”
The boss expanded on the situation surrounding the young defender, including touching on the possibility of seeking further incomings.
“We may possibly need further cover in his position moving forward, yes.
“I felt with Morgan, he had the potential to be a very good understudy to Bailey [Wright] - he’s younger, but has a lot of the same characteristics.
“I could see that in him, but unfortunately it looks like a bad injury.”
Parkinson finally discussed the fitness of his midfield options, with Max Power nearing full fitness and Elliot Embleton in line to gain match sharpness with the U23 side.
“Max is getting better by the day. He’ll be a close call for the weekend - if he doesn't make the weekend, he’ll train on Monday and Tuesday next week,” the gaffer said.
“It’s not a serious injury, so we’ll see. He hasn't trained today, but we’ll see how he is tomorrow morning.
“Embo has trained this week, which is good news for us He won’t be featuring at the weekend - he needs to get some fitness minutes in first before he comes back in, but it’s good to see him back out there.”