Graham Fenton provides positive update on squad availability

Graham Fenton provides positive update on squad availability

Graham Fenton has provided a positive squad update as South Shields prepare to return to action against Radcliffe on Saturday.

The Mariners’ trip to Mickleover last weekend was postponed after a number of positive COVID-19 cases and injuries, leaving Fenton unable to call upon the minimum number of players required.

However, there is better news on that front leading into the meeting with Radcliffe at 1st Cloud Arena, with all those who were infected with COVID expected to be available.

The prognosis is more mixed when it comes to injuries, but Fenton is hopeful of having a strong squad to select from.

He said: “JJ Hooper’s calf is recovering and although that’s a situation we will need to continue monitoring, we’re hopeful he will be back available on Saturday.

“Conor Tee, Alex Kempster and Joao Gomes have all returned to training without any issues this week and we’re also confident of having them available for selection.

“Cedric Main’s groin is still a bit tight but we are also hopeful on him, but the game will definitely come too soon for Callum Ross and Myles Boney.

“Callum is set to have a scan on his knee this week and we will know more on his situation after that, and we’re expecting to have Myles back in training after his ankle injury in 10 to 14 days.

“Jordan Hunter is progressing well, but again this game will come too soon for him.

“He joined in full contact training this week for the first time since suffering a broken arm, and he is slowly gaining confidence that the arm is strong enough to go back into matches.

“We’re really hoping that we will see Jordan back in a South Shields shirt before the end of January, and can’t wait for the day that happens.”