Morecambe manager: We can't reveal why players are absent

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Derek Adams has outlined the reason behind the lack of any explanation for Morecambe’s missing players.

The Shrimps were without seven of their first-team squad for the weekend win against Colchester United.

It meant they were unable to fill the bench, naming only six substitutes for the 3-0 victory, but there hasn’t been a reason offered for any of the absentees.

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Adams explained: “We have a number of issues but, due to confidentiality, I can’t let anyone know what the situation is.

Morecambe keeper Mark Halstead was missing at the weekendMorecambe keeper Mark Halstead was missing at the weekend
Morecambe keeper Mark Halstead was missing at the weekend

“I understand that it’s disappointing from the supporters’ point of view but it’s the situation that we’re in.”

Mark Halstead was the latest player to be sidelined, forcing the club to bring in Reading keeper Jokull Andresson on an emergency seven-day loan deal.

It also meant Halstead joined Kelvin Mellor, Harry Davis, Alex Kenyon, Aaron Wildig, A-Jay Leitch-Smith and Blackburn Rovers loanee Brad Lyons in being unavailable.

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However, those who could be called upon justified their selections as the Shrimps made it 10 games without defeat at the Mazuma Stadium.

“Being without so many players shows how many strong players we’ve got,” Adams said.

“The players are in confident mood and you see that on the field.”

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