Holden's team news for Derby trip


Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Derby County, Dean Holden offered an update on the fitness of his squad.

The boss was pleased to see Michael Hector, Chuks Aneke and Steven Sessegnon feature in Tuesday’s triumph at Forest Green Rovers.

“It was a big boost to get some minutes into Michael and the same with Chuks which is really pleasing,” said Holden. “That was his first league start in over a year. Steven has also come back in after some issues and played the full game.”

Asked if there are any fresh injury concerns, the gaffer said: “It’s too early to say, to be honest. We’re still within 48 hours of the Forest Green game so we’re still assessing.

“There are one or two players that have been out who have joined the group this morning and there are a few that have stayed in for some extra work. We’ll know a bit more on Friday morning.”

Holden provided positive news on Todd Kane and Mandela Egbo, while a late decision will be made on Miles Leaburn.

“Todd has had a really good scan result and he’s where we expected him to be,” revealed the Manager. “He’s been telling us that he’s feeling good and he’s on track to return as we expected. He’s still with the physios at the moment but that was a positive in terms of the scan.

“Manny actually joined the group today for the first time since I’ve been at the club. He’s been out for a long time. He only did the first part of the session – the warm-up and the passing exercises – but, having been through quite a few longer-term injuries myself, I know how important that is in the rehabilitation process.

“Manny’s been brilliant since I came to the club,” he added. “Off the pitch he’s motivating, he’s driving standards and he’s always in our team meetings. It’s good to see him with his smile back on the pitch this morning. He’s nowhere near just yet from coming back in, but that’s a nice step for him.

“We’re assessing Miles day-to-day. As I said the other night, it’s very minor. Whether Saturday will come too soon for him we’ll just have to make a call tomorrow.”

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