Michael Appleton on Rochdale and Injured Players

Credit Graham Burrell

Michael Appleton’s pre-match press conference is up on the club’s YouTube channel, and he’s been talking about a couple of faces possibly returning in the next week.

The Imps injury list still has names such as Joe Walsh, Harry Anderson, Jorge Grant and Liam Bridcutt on it, as well as Remy Howarth, but Michael is hopeful to see one or two of those players back in before we play Oxford United in a couple of weeks time.

“We might get one or two back in before Oxford,” he told BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Michael Hortin. “You might see Remy Howarth and Liam Bridcutt before the Oxford game, whether that’s Gillingham or Sunderland.

“They’ve both come through a part training schedule in terms of in between joining in full time and doing stuff with the physio. Hopefully, they’ll be back in training over the next three or four days and available for Oxford.”

Neither are likely to be in for the visit of bottom club Rochdale tomorrow. The visitors have been on the slide of late, winning one in 17 and not scoring since February 9th. Despite that long barren spell, Michael outlined how there are no easy games at this level, and that the Imps would be as professional as they needed to be in dealing with the Dale threat.

City beat Rochdale 2-0 earlier in the season – Credit Graham Burrell

“As much as they’re on a poor run and haven’t scored in games, they’ve had big chances in games,” he added.

“We’ve watched the games, they have had big chances to take the lead, or equalise in the games they have had, but haven’t taken them. We’ll be mindful of that and ensure our approach is professional, as it should be”

Despite the club’s lowly position, the manager stressed there were no easy games at this level, a point proven by the recent draw with Swindon Town, and of course the defeat at home against Fleetwood.

“Everyone is fighting for something, it’s a tight league at the top and the bottom and there isn’t an easy game. We’re going into the game tomorrow in the mindset that it will be as difficult as Gillingham will be, Sunderland and Oxford.”

Watch the full press conference below