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Busy time for reserves

9 April 2013

Two games in two days for the ressies

Jermaine Grandison is pencilled in to step up his comeback from injury by playing for Shrewsbury Town reserves at Tranmere on Wednesday afternoon.
 
It's the first of two Central League matches for Town this week with the reserves also in action 24 hours later when they take on Walsall on the Greenhous Meadow training pitch. 
 
Grandison's only action since being forced on the sidelines by a hip injury at Swindon in January was a 45 minute run out for the reserves against Rotherham last month.
 
But he returned to the first team squad as an unused substitute for last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Yeovil.
 
"We're hoping that Jermaine will get a good part of the reserve team match at Tranmere to be in contention for Saturday," said manager Graham Turner.
 
"It comes and go with him. He gets days when his hip's okay and days when he gets a bit of stiffness and pain." 
 
GT added he was surprised that Town find themselves in the position of having to play two Central League games in as many days as they play catch up on their fixtures.
 
"It's ridiculous that we're having to play reserve games one day after the other because of the congestion at the end of the season," he said.
 
"We had gone weeks without a reserve game earlier in the season and then we get congestion coming up to the end when we haven't had too many postponements.
 
"We'll put the stronger side out at Tranmere on Wednesday. We'll put players in there who will be in contention for Saturday who need a game, people like Rob Purdie, Dave McAllister, Paul Parry, Tom Bradshaw and so on.
 
"The senior side will go to Tranmere and because we have a home game on Saturday it will be unusual for us that we'll play Walsall on Thursday on the training ground with a side that will mostly be youngsters from the youth team."
 
Winger Mark Wright, having just returned from a knee injury, will not play any part in either of this week's two reserve team matches after suffering a hip injury in training towards the end of last week.
 
GT added he expects Wright to return to training next week.



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