Which Injured Players Are Close to a Return?

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Which Injured Lincoln Stars Are Expected Back This Weekend?

The Imps travel to Doncaster this weekend in a game I feel we should be winning.

They’re struggling and I don’t think they’ll sit back and expect us to break them down as they’re the home side. That’s almost the perfect storm for us; a team out of form who need to impress their own supporters. They’re low on confidence and in reality, it should be a chance for our first win at their place in 17 years.

Our record hasn’t been great – our last four trips have been defeats 1-0, 2-1, 3-1 and 4-1. Their current manager scored in the 4-1 defeat, as did future Imp Mark McCammon. It was so long ago, Lee Frecklington was playing for us in his first stint, and Steve Torpey started ahead of Mark Stallard and Louis Dodds. Happy days.

Whilst the fixture looks like a perfect storm, we are without key players too. This season, it has been easier to predict who won’t play as who will, given our horrible injury record. With a couple of days to go before we head off to Doncaster, we have a look at the players who have been doubtful in recent weeks and ask if they’ll make the game against Rovers.

Anthony Scully – Maybe

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Our leading scorer has been out since our 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, and he could be back this weekend, but it isn’t certain. “Doncaster might come a bit too soon,” Michael Appleton told press. “Possibly Portsmouth too, but potentially Accrington.” However, Scully is a fit boy; he was struggling without much of a pre-season, but was fit enough to stomp straight into the side for season opener. He’s bagged 11 goals this season, but only one of those has come since the turn of October, a late penalty against Plymouth.

Liam Bridcutt – Maybe

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Bridcutt has been out a little longer than Scully; he picked up a knee injury in the 2-2 draw with Plymouth. However, he could also be back earlier; he’s been mentioned as a possible returnee this weekend. There’s little point in rushing him back, and if he does play you can probably expect either 45 minutes of football before coming off, or 25 minutes at the end of the game to prepare for Portsmouth a week today.

Adam Jackson – Yes

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Adam Jackson picked up a concussion injury in our draw with Shrewsbury, but he should be fit for the Doncaster game this weekend. Protocols ruled him out of the Bowers and Pitsea clash, but it was just protocols and nothing more. It would be a serious blow were he not fit for the game, as it is understood he has recovered from his injury, which left the ground a little in shock as he was stretchered off.

Joe Walsh – No

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Joe is such a good defender, but his fitness record is awful – he’s started two league games this season and come off injured in one of those. We did get 90 minutes out of him in the 2-1 against Charlton, but that is your lot. It might be for a while too; initially we were told it wouldn’t be long, but Michael recently admitted: “It might be a little while before we see Joe again.” It’s a blow, of course, Joe makes our defence look much more stable, but I think we’ve learned to cope without him. It’s a shame, but his spell with the Imps has been blighted by injury and shows no signs of easing.

Tom Hopper – No

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Thinking Tom might be back is futile – he’s out until Christmas at least, which leaves us short of attacking options. With Anthony Scully also out, we’re once again down to the bare bones and likely to use either Cohen Bramall or Ted Bishop on the left in an enforced square peg in a round hole. When he does come back, he is likely to be facing stiffer competition than he would right now; new signings are inbound early according to Jez George.