FLEETWOOD Town prepare for tonight’s clash at Barrow with manager Micky Mellon spelling out the extent of the injury crisis enveloping Highbury.
He said: “Our physio room is busier than the training ground.
“Our physio Ian Liversedge has been in the game for 30 years – he was with Joe Royle at Oldham, Kevin Keegan at Newcastle and worked with Northern Ireland – and he has never known an injury crisis like it.
“Some of the injuries our players are getting I have never even heard of before!
“And we are not just talking about players being out for a couple of weeks – in some of the cases we are talking about months.
“The latest is Anthony Barry and he is going to be out for three months.
“I am not asking for sympathy, but I am just pointing out the extent of the problems we have been facing.
“But I can’t speak highly enough of the players who have come in because they are playing out of position and doing a terrific job.”
As a result of the injuries piling up at an unprecedented rate, Mellon is to exploit the transfer market.
He said: “I don’t know whether they will be permanent or on loan.
“We have four targets in mind – we will not get four, of course, but it is a question of it being the right player and finding out who is available.”
Fleetwood travel to a Barrow side who will have been buoyed by a terrific win on Saturday.
While Fleetwood were disposing of Hayes and Yeading with a late goal by Jamie Milligan, Barrow scored a 1-0 win at Bath City in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Danny Hurst, who left Highbury on a free transfer at the end of last season, covered himself in glory by saving a Bath penalty.
Mellon said: “That is not the first time that Danny has saved a penalty – he did it when he played for us on several occasions.
“I hope he has an off-night against us!”
n TOWN number one Scott Davies is yet to concede a goal this season and bids for a fourth straight shut-out at Barrow tonight.
Davies said: “We ground out another clean sheet against Hayes and Yeading, and as long as you do that, you can’t lose games. A clean sheet is a springboard is a for winning matches.”
Barrow failed to scored against Town last season and the keeper added: “It’s another big game and they are coming thick and fast. But we’ve got seven points out of nine, which is a great start.”
Saturday’s clean sheet against Hayes was anything but easy to come by, and included a vital first-half penalty save.
Davies recalled: “You just to guess and try to get into the penalty-taker’s head. I did that, made the save and the lads have followed up well to clear.
“Clean sheets aren’t just about me. There are four defenders in front of me and they were all outstanding on Saturday.
“The result was harsh on Hayes and Yeading. These were the games we seemed to struggle in last season and Saturday was no different. They got men behind the ball and were probably better than us man for man, but we’re ecstatic to keep our unbeaten run going.”
*STRIKER Danny Rowe, on loan from Fleetwood, netted again for Droylsden as they beat Nuneaton 3-1 in Blue Square North.
*AFC FYLDE are at home to Mossley tonight (7.45pm).
Fylde are setting the early pace in Evo-Stik First Division North, having won their opening three fixtures 3-0.