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Team News: Seddon back in contention for Rochdale

Interview with Glyn Hodges ahead of important away match

18 February 2019

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Steve Seddon is in contention to face Rochdale after being ineligible for the cup tie against Millwall, but our management team will assess the fitness of others before selecting a squad for this League One match.

In an update for iFollow, our assistant manager Glyn Hodges reported that James Hanson is back in full training after shaking off a groin injury and Kwesi Appiah is in light training after a hamstring injury. Tuesday’s away match will come too soon for both forwards. Dylan Connolly’s fitness will be assessed due to a slight ankle injury and Deji Oshilaja also has a knock.

"James Hanson has been out there training today,” said Glyn. “I’ve had to tell him to go in because he’s been out there too long and he’s keen to get back in, which is a good sign. Kwesi has been out there running, so they are both back out on the grass, which is good news. We’ve got Steve Seddon back in, but we are not sure about Dylan, who is struggling a little bit, and also Deji. There are one or two carrying knocks, but hopefully we will have virtually a full squad to choose from.”

Despite Saturday’s cup setback against Millwall, Glyn believes the squad will go to Rochdale in confident mood after a vital league win at Walsall last Tuesday.

“What is good is that Walsall will still be fresh in their minds,” added Glyn. “Tomorrow will be similar to going to Walsall, we can expect the same kind of game. It’s a battle, the pressure is on, and we need back-to-back wins in the league, which we haven’t done for a while. We know what to expect and we will be fully prepared.

“We’ve put the Millwall game to bed in a review this morning, we’ve done the video analysis for that. Now we are making sure that the boys are fit and raring to go. We’ve just touched on a bit more shape and how we want them to play with the rest of the group. The new system we’ve been playing has been quite good. We are hoping that continues and gives us the platform to get results.”

The full interview with Glyn ahead of Rochdale is available to watch by clicking on the link to our iFollow channel above.

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