Shaun Brisley made an appearance at the training ground on Thursday following his op, but the crutches suggest he will not even start to train for a month or so. Butcher and Sinclair are also set to sit most of November out.
On the positive side, Ricky Sappleton played for the reserves this week. Although there were no reactions he is lacking match fitness at the moment, so Burton is a week too early. Knowing Simmo he`ll play and score Saturdasy then.
Precautionary fitness tests will be undertaken by Captain Morgan and Lewis Chalmers, who has been magnificent coming from the bench this year. Seven starts and five ‘on you go and grind out a result` style performances have not got the praise they deserve. So well played Lewis and good luck with the fitness test.