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Team news from Glyn ahead of trip to Gillingham

Manager's full update with an away match up next

27 February 2020

Glyn Hodges said that Paul Osew is doubtful for the League One match at Gillingham on Saturday.

The 19-year-old left-back missed training today, which took place on a 3G surface at Walton with our pitches at New Malden flooded due to the weather.

Our manager did report good news on the progress of Anthony Wordsworth, who was back in training today after putting a calf injury behind him.

“He trained today,” said Glyn. “Although 3G is not ideal when coming back from a calf injury, he got through it, and hopefully he can play a part during the run-in. Paul Osew missed training with his ankle, but everyone apart from him and Will are fit.

“We had to go to Walton today, on the 3G. Some players are not comfortable on it, but everyone had to go down to do the work we need for Saturday. Fingers-crossed, it stays dry now and we can get on the grass again tomorrow.”

Max Sanders missed last Saturday’s match against Blackpool due to illness, but he’s back in contention for the trip to Kent.

“Keeping a clean sheet last time gives us all encouragement, but I felt we could have done better with a couple of chances at the end. We had a two versus one, in particular, but we chose the wrong option, so we’ve worked on that. We are just covering everything that we need to do. We know that Saturday is going to be a massive battle and one that we are ready for.

“The fans that take so much time and trouble to come and support us, it’s absolutely fantastic. I know it’s quite open there, at that end, so it will be great to see as many of them as possible at Gillingham and for them to help us try and get the points.

“People were talking about us being eight points clear, but we know from last season what teams can do when they are in that position (bottom three). They (Tranmere) got themselves a great away win and good luck to them. We will just keep our heads, focus on what we need to do, and it starts on Saturday.”

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