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Southport: Injury Update

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 20 Apr 2014
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town have the opportunity to affirm their place in the play-offs if they can earn at least one point against Southport on Monday.


In order to do so, they need their players in good shape following Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Macclesfield at The Shay.


However, they might have to battle without the club’s top goal scorer, Lee Gregory, who could be faced to sit the game on the sideline’s after picking up a slight calf injury at the weekend.


Halifax’s physiotherapist, Dan Stolworthy, expressed that it will be touch and go regarding whether the striker will be able to play.


He said: “Gregory has pulled his calf. He’s had some ice on it and I’ve compressed it for him now, so we will see how it clams down over the next couple of days.”


Fatigue looked to have affected the players during the second half against Macclesfield Town, but the club’s physio is confident that Neil Aspin will have a bulging squad to choose from.


“The lads are having a rest, but we won’t really know until Monday whether any of the players are carrying anything. It will depend on how they recover since playing Macclesfield.


“Most of them think that playing a match is better than training. With the run that we have been on, everyone is up there anyway. I don’t really think that fatigue is going to play a part. This is the time of year where people pick up little niggles, but so far, touch wood, no problems except that with Gregory.”


Having scored and assisted Marc Robert’s opener on Saturday, Chris Smith looked to have been in trouble as he fell to the floor during the first-half. Although a slight concern, the call for help was just a precaution.


“He has injured the ankle before but the ground out there was very hard, and he had longer studs on. But, he came in at half time, changed his boots and settled down after that. There are no worries with him.”


Simon Ainge also came off worse for wear against The Silkmen, as his head collided with the boot of one of his opponents. However, Stolworthy is confident that he will be fit and raring to go again on Easter Monday.


He said: “I’m not sure whether he took a boot to the head, or whether he head-butted the floor, but I think that either way, either the person’s foot or the ground were worse off. He is fine.”

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