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Micky Mellon On Bury Clash

22 October 2015

Manager Predicts Tough Test Against The Shakers

New signing Zak Whitbread is another not quite ready for action, but Micky says he is nearing towards a starting berth.

“He’s pulled his hamstring (against Doncaster), so we are looking into that at the minute," said Micky.

“He’s not trained on Thursday, so we’ll have a look into that and see where we are up to in the next couple of days but he certainly has a tight hamstring and that’s why he came off.

“Jermaine (Grandison) hasn’t trained on Thursday, also (Nathaniel) Knight-Percival is struggling.

"He struggled with his groin from half-time onwards (against Doncaster) and then Black came off with a tight hamstring. Apart from that, we’re probably okay.”

Micky also provided an injury update of his squad, as midfielder Ian Black is due to be assessed in the coming days.
“They’ve had a great start to the season, and they’re at the right end of the table,” said Micky.

“They were able to build on the end of last season’s squad and with the firepower that they’ve been able to bring in, we know it’ll be a tough game.

“Saturday is another opportunity for me to look at it, and see where we are improving and where we’re not.”

And Micky believes Saturday is another good opportunity to see how he can improve his side.

Bury have lost just one of their last 12 in all competitions and sit sixth in the League One table.

Town take on the Shakers, who were promoted from Sky Bet League 2 last season, in the clash at Greenhous Meadow at the weekend (3pm kick-off) looking to bounce back from Tuesday night's defeat at home to Doncaster Rovers.

Manager Micky Mellon believes Shrewsbury Town are in for another tough game against Bury on Saturday. “He’s getting closer,” said Micky.

“He trained well on Thursdau and is probably looking more like coming into contention for a starting position as the days go by.

“He’s not one hundred percent fit, that would be unrealistic.

"But I wouldn’t look for excuses and say that I would put him in if I never believed that he would give a good account of himself.

“I think he’s very close to being in that position (to start a game).

“I think that he will give us that balance, and experience. We want to try and get him fit as quickly as possible.

“We know how important he would be to us, that’s why he’s here.”

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