BUXTON AND HJELDE DOUBTS FOR WREXHAM
New worries as Shirtliff welcomes trio back
CHAD website, 05 December 2005
THERE was mixed team news for Stags boss Peter Shirtliff today ahead of tomorrow night's tough trip to Wrexham (7.45pm).
On a high after winning five of their last seven games and drawing Newcastle United in the FA Cup, Stags look set to welcome back Simon Brown from his hamstring injury as well as Gus Uhlenbeek, who has completed a three-game ban, and on-loan Jonathan D'Laryea, who was left out on Friday to avoid being cup-tied.
However, there are now doubts over the fitness of defenders Jake Buxton and Jon Olav Hjelde.
"Jake picked up a knock on his knee on Friday night and Jon hasn't trained today as he is feeling under the weather," said Shirtliff.
"We will have to monitor those. But Simon Brown was back in training for the first time today and came through it all right so I would hope he will be back in contention."
Victory for Wrexham could push the Welsh club into the play-off spots and edge Stags back into the relegation zone.
"This could definitely be one of our toughest games of the season," admitted Shirtliff.
"I hope we can put on a good show and be competitive. Wrexham are a good side and you could say were unfortunate to be relegated after losing points for going into administration.
"They will be organised and they will play good football. We will have to be right on our game to cope with them."
Wrexham have only lost once at home in the League all season and have won three and drawn one of their last four home League games.
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