There is no respite for Lincoln City’s injured players ahead of a crucial three games in the hunt for promotion, with Michael Appleton admitting that the players who missed yesterday’ game are unlikely to be fit for Shrewsbury.
The Imps were soundly beaten 4-0 by Sunderland in a tough encounter at the Bank, with captain Liam Bridcutt one of a handful of players missing out. Adam Jackson didn’t feature, whilst Conor McGrandles picked up an injury in midweek and also missed the game. Speaking to Michael Hortin after yesterday’s defeat, Michael admitted that none of the injured players would be back for Tuesday.
“No new injuries on the back of today,” he said when the question was put to him. “In terms of Tuesday, it’s going to come too quick for the injured players.”
The Imps are looking a little threadbare, having also lost Callum Morton and West Brom teammate Jamie Soule to injury. Soule is unlikely to appear for City again, he’s back with the Baggies and his loan expires in January. as for Morton, Michael admitted last week that he isn’t expected back until February, but that he will likely play a role after that.
That means the squad is unlikely to be significantly different for the visit of salop on Tuesday, who may have been hammered by us last weekend, but who got a great 1-0 win at Hull City yesterday, There will surely be changes for City though, with enough depth on the bench to initiate a reshuffle should one be needed. It might be that Michael feels he has to shake up the lads after a tepid performance in the 4-0 defeat.
Sadly, that shake up is unlikely to include Conor McGrandles, whose tireless running was definitely missed against Lee Johnson’s side, or Liam Bridcutt. The captain has struggled with fitness issues since joining in the summer and he is also a big loss in that midfield area. As for adam Jackson, he has certainly been a key player for us, but at least Joe Walsh looks every inch the adequate replacement.