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Team news from Glyn ahead of Accrington

Manager's update before a trip to Lancashire

30 January 2020

Glyn Hodges said that it’s too early for Max Sanders to be considered for a return on Saturday, but he expects him to return to training next week.

The midfielder missed the midweek match against Burton with a hamstring injury and Glyn confirmed that he’s not quite ready to step-up his recovery. Kwesi Appiah will also miss the trip to Accrington with a minor quad strain.

“Max hasn’t made it,” said Glyn. “The injury is not a bad one and we think he may be in training next week, so he will be okay for the week after. Kwesi has another niggle that he’s just trying to shake off, so I’m expecting him to be fit for next week. Other than that, the boys have recovered well and the numbers on the physical side for the last game were good. That’s something we aim to keep up.”

Paul Kalambayi is making good progress after recovering well from a long-term ankle injury with the defender expected to be back sometime in February.

“I’ve not got a date for Paul to be back in training, but I know that February is a busy month and the more numbers we can get back the better it will be,” added Glyn.

Ahead of the match at Accrington Stanley, Glyn has spoken about his admiration for the Lancashire club’s tradition of punching well above its weight under the guidance of manager John Coleman.

“They are a benchmark for us. You look around and it’s easy when you have the budget to buy the players and have big squads, but they are certainly not that. They are one that we look up to, the manager does a great job, he gets great results and has got the team playing good football.

“We know that it’s going to be a hard game and a big game. We both want to survive in this league and we will be fighting for points all the way through until the end of the season.

“There are obviously a lot of things going on, a lot of distractions with the transfer window, but the boys are fit, they’ve come through an excellent second-half performance. We’ve been out there today and we’ve gone through bits and pieces in terms of how we are going to go about playing against Accrington. Another training session tomorrow and then we will be up there looking forward to the game.”

Take a look below at Glyn's full Thursday update, which includes the latest on his search for new talent ahead of the transfer deadline.


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