Following a disappointing 4-1 defeat for the Shaymen against Maidenhead United in the FA Trophy last Tuesday, manager Billy Heath gave a squad injury update.
Regarding goal scorer Matty Kosylo’s fitness, Heath had to say:
“He’s still a long way off, we’re not piling massive pressure on Kossy. Like I say, he’s scored again but he is still a long way off from where he was.
“You can see the sharpness isn’t there, but hopefully we can keep giving him game time to get that sharpness up, as obviously he is an important player.
“We’re going to just keep giving him game time and get him up to speed as quickly as we can.”
Ahead of the home tie against Leyton Orient this Saturday, Heath said:
“What we need to do is to get some players back, it was disappointing today to lose two players late. We lost Michael Collins this morning through illness.”
Nathan Hotte was on the bench for the tie and Heath touched upon his fitness and said:
“He had 20 minutes today and had 20 minutes last Tuesday, so he was a little bit stiff on Thursday. That’s why he didn’t start the game today.
“What we can’t afford is him breaking down again, so that’s why we chose to leave him out the side today and put him on the bench.
“Nathan will get two good training sessions in this week and then he’ll be more prepared for Saturday.”
The Shaymen are back in league action on Saturday January 20 when Leyton Orient travel to the MBi Shay Stadium. Kick-off is at 3pm.
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