Town hit by pre-season injury crisis

Winger Peter Till joins growing list of injury worries for Town manager Micky Mellon
Winger Peter Till joins growing list of injury worries for Town manager Micky Mellon

FLEETWOOD Town’s casualty-count is mounting – and the start of the Blue Square Bet Premier is only a fortnight away.

Winger Peter Till is the latest victim.

The close season capture from York City has suffered a knee injury, which requires a scan and manager Micky Mellon is anxiously awaiting the result.

Fleetwood are already without full-back Junior Brown, while Shaun Beeley has suspected ankle ligament damage, the extent of which should be known some time later today.

Mellon said: “It is another blow if both my full-backs are injured, and we may need to look to sign a player as cover on loan.

“We have some ideas to explore before the season starts in two weeks’ time.”

Fleetwood, who entertain Oldham Athletic in a pre-season friendly tomorrow afternoon, have an injury-list that also includes Paul Edwards, Alan Goodall and Nathan Pond.

In addition, Jamie Milligan is yet to join full-scale pre-season training.

Mellon said: “We have got a lot of impact injuries.”

These misgivings on the injury front aside, Mellon says he is ‘delighted’ with the way pre-season has gone.

And he is not remotely concerned that his side have been goal-shy in a series of home friendlies so far, failing to find the net in that sequence.

Mellon insisted: “In those matches we have played a young Manchester United side, who would more than hold their own if they were in the Championship; Huddersfield, who will probably win League One; Preston North End, who will more than likely get into the League One play-offs; and FK Jelgava, who played in the Europa League last season.

“I never look at the results of friendlies – it is about preparing for our first league match against Grimsby, and that is the only game that matters.”

Oldham, who are managed by former Pool striker Paul Dickov, are expected to include Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone at Fleetwood tomorrow. Johnstone has been drafted in as cover for the injured Dale Connor, Alex Cisak and Paul Gerrard.

Dickov said: “Sam is very highly rate by by United, and we are delighted he is here to help us out.”