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Manager to check on full-back ahead of Fleetwood

Interview with Wally Downes ahead of Tuesday night's home match

21 January 2019

Wally Downes said he will assess the fitness of Steve Seddon before selecting his squad to face Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night.

The on-loan left-back suffered a hamstring injury towards the end of Saturday’s home match against Barnsley. James Hanson (groin) has yet to return to full training and Kwesi Appiah (hamstring) may not quite be ready, according to Wally.

“Steve Seddon tweaked his hamstring trying to block the last goal on Saturday. We are reviewing him over the next 24 hours. There is a possibility he could play tomorrow night, but I wouldn’t want to do anything that could make it a long-term injury.

“Definitely out is James Hanson and Rod McDonald. Kwesi we are looking at. He is probably a doubt I would say, but hopefully he will be back for Saturday."

Wally confirmed though that Rod is back in full training after an ankle injury and he could play in the Surrey Senior Cup tie at Banstead Athletic.

“Rod could play tomorrow night, but it’s dependent upon how their ground is,” said Wally. “We had a very deep frost today and I wouldn’t want to put Rod back by him going over on a bad surface. He is fit to play, but it’s just a case of whether we risk him or not.”

Wally reviewed Saturday’s game with the squad today and he feels there is plenty to be positive about, despite the score-line.

“We’ve reviewed the game this morning with the lads,” said Wally. “For the first-half and up to their second goal I was really pleased with them. Just after their second goal we tried to get back at them too. I’ve told the players that we’ve got to start picking up points at home. There was no reason to be conservative against Barnsley, I said ‘let’s test ourselves’, and for an hour I thought we were terrific. We were unfortunate not to go in at half-time in front, but Barnsley are going to beat a few sides around them. It was just unfortunate near the end when the score went against us after the game got stretched.

“From what we had seen of Barnsley’s previous game their midfielders open teams up and I wanted us to be very solid in midfield to start with, to give us the opportunity to attack and I thought they (Deji and Will) were excellent in the first-half. It’s a combination I will be able to use again.

“Fleetwood pass the ball around very well. They are neat and tidy, very inventive from set-pieces, and they will be looking for revenge.”

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