MORECAMBE boss Jim Bentley’s preparations for this weekend’s trip to Exeter City have been hit by a mounting injury list.
The Shrimps manager also bemoaned the wet weather conditions for preventing several members of his squad from training.
He said: “It’s difficult to train with the weather because we’ve got a few lads, Jack Redshaw and Kevin Ellison included because of their hips, who won’t train on artificial turf.
“There are also a couple of knocks we’re going to have to leave right up until the last minute, so it’s been difficult to work on everything ahead of the game.
“Marcus Marshall is still a couple of weeks away and Ryan Williams needs an injection in his hamstring.
“Andy Wright’s making good progress and could come back in, Andy Parrish hasn’t trained on his ankle all week, Robbie Threlfall’s had stitches in his eye and Mark Hughes has had stitches in his shin.
“But that’s what football is all about.
“I don’t get too worried about it because when we went eight or nine games unbeaten, I was naming five on the bench and then, when we were back to full strength, we couldn’t win. It’s one of those things.
“You can’t affect it and from that list I’ve just mentioned, hopefully we’ll have one or two available and whatever team goes out will be ready.”
Still just two points off the play-offs, the Shrimps are searching for their first win in four games against Exeter at St James’ Park.
Their opponents are struggling for form themselves, having lost four out of five in the league.
“Exeter are on a bit of a sticky spell themselves but they’ve got a decent squad who were playing in League One not so long ago.
“We go in with confidence on the back of two draws, which means we’re hard to beat.
“But we could do with a win – it’s four games now. We’re looking forward to getting back to winning ways.”