Micky Mellon provides the latest newsDefender Mark Ellis is still four to five weeks away from overcoming his knee injury and returning to the Shrewsbury Town fold, according to manager Micky Mellon.
The 25-year-old, who started both of Town's opening two matches, picked up the knee problem in the 1-0 win over Blackpool in the Capital One Cup.
But after Ellis had a scan on the injury, Micky confirmed the problem is unlikely to require an operation.
"He's gone to see a specialist but at the minute, touching wood, we don't think he needs an operation," said Micky.
"He's getting better every day, but we're still expecting it to be four or five weeks before we see Mark again, which is hugely disappointing for him because he's been fantastic since he's been here.
"But he knows that he'll get all the care he needs to be ready to come back, and he'll be a massive plus for us again.
"We thought we might have to operate on it. He's still not out of the woods yet, he still has to go and see a specialist on Tuesday who's looking at the scan, so fingers crossed on that one.
Mick also confirmed that midfielder Dave McAllister is getting closer to a return from his ankle injury.
McAllister has been out since Town's 2-1 win over Bradford City in March.
"He's getting closer to being back in training," said Micky.
"He's been joining in bits of training and we think that, on Thursday, he will be joining the group full-time, so that's a plus for us."