The Tranmere Rovers injury list may have eased a little ahead of the League One visit to Fleetwood Town on Saturday afternoon.
Micky Mellon told his pre-match press conference that Liam Ridehalgh, David Perkins and Neil Danns will be given every chance to be fit to play at the Highbury Stadium.
The trio missed the midweek FA Cup replay win over Wycombe Wanderers but could be back in contention to return to the fold after niggly injuries.
On the negative side, Kane Wilson will serve a suspension following his red card against Wycombe on Wednesday.
With the extra time and playing with 10 men for 80 minutes or so in midweek, it would be a big boost to have as many players available as possible as one or two pairs of fresh legs might be required.
Let’s take a closer look at who’s unavailable for Micky Mellon for this weekend…
The experienced full-back is looking to get back in contention for the first team squad after missing the best part of three months. He returned to action with a reserve outing against Fleetwood on Tuesday afternoon, and if there’s no ill-effect, he could be in line to make the squad against the same opposition this weekend.
Mark Ellis sustained a knee injury towards the back end of last season and remains absent. It’s likely to be some time yet until we next see the experienced defender in a Rovers shirt on the pitch. A return date of February is the target for the former Shrewsbury Town man.
Another who picked up a serious knee injury at the end of last term, the young defender is not going to be available for selection until the new year. Again, February is the target when Gumbs might be back to full fitness and ready to challenge for a place in the squad.
After sustaining a foot injury last weekend in the league game against Wycombe Wanderers, Ridehalgh missed the cup replay against the Chairboys. It was feared that he had suffered a break, but it appears not to be as serious and he will be given every opportunity to make this game.
After returning to the team in recent weeks, Wilson has put in some really good performances. But unfortunately, a wild challenge on Wednesday night from the West Bromwich Albion loanee resulted in a red card and so a suspension for the next three games.
The former Oldham Athletic midfielder was in good form until a knee injury was sustained innocuously in training. Banks went under the knife recently and he is ruled out until the New Year.
The experienced midfielder has been injured which meant he missed Guyana’s Nations League fixtures last week as well as Rovers’ last three matches. Manager Micky Mellon has suggested that there is a chance that he will be available for the trip to Fleetwood.
Gilmour took his opportunity in the side after injuries to others, before picking up a knee injury one of his own. He’s out of a knee brace but is still looking at missing the next few weeks of fixtures.
The midfielder suffered a hamstring twinge last weekend in the league game versus Wycombe which ruled him out of the game in midweek, like Ridehalgh. Also like the full-back, the extent of his problem doesn’t appear to be as severe as first feared, so a return to the heart of the Rovers midfield could be on the cards on Saturday.
The big striker was enjoying a decent pre-season before pulling up with a hamstring injury in Rovers’ final pre-season friendly against Walsall. There has been very little said about his situation, so it’s unknown whether he will return to action before his six-month contract expires in January.
The Coventry City loanee has been absent for a couple of weeks through injury, although the extent of the problem hasn’t really been spoken about. But with Morgan Ferrier returning to full fitness, Stefan Payne in good form and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy having recently netted a hat-trick, even if fully fit, it seems unlikely he would feature.