EARLY PREVIEWS AND TEAM NEWS
D'Laryea nearer recall after reserves draw
CHAD.co.uk, 30 Oct 2007
JON D'Laryea has almost certainly played himself into a place on the bench for Saturday's clash with Macclesfield after coming through 75 minutes of Mansfield Town's 2-2 reserve friendly draw against Notts County at Gedling this afternoon.
Rory Boulding and Ian Holmes both netted for the Stags in the first half of the game as the visitors twice had to battle back from behind.
But most important was D'Laryea making further progress after his seven month injury nightmare and manager Billy Dearden said afterwards that he was very pleased with D'Laryea's progress and contribution.
Hope for Hamshaw
CHAD.co.uk, 30 Oct 2007, By John Lomas
Stags winger Matt Hamshaw could play against Macclesfield Town this Saturday, despite his horrific afternoon at Shrewsbury on Saturday.
Hamshaw was stretchered off the field during the first half of Saturday's 0-0 draw at Shrewsbury Town after being flattened by a challenge from Marc Tierney and was taken to hospital with concussion after being given oxygen when his breathing passage became obstructed.
But manager Billy Dearden said today: "Apparently Matty never lost consciousness so he has a chance for Saturday.
"He was taken to hospital with a neck brace on for X-rays. We picked him up at 6.50pm after the doctor said he was okay to travel.
"We have told him to stay at home until Wednesday and I spoke to him yesterday and he sounded a bit brighter.
"We will have to see how he is day to day and it will be up to Matty and also getting clearance from a doctor if he can play on Saturday."
Nathan Arnold is another worry after taking a kick on the calf on Saturday.
He is not expected to train until Wednesday or Thursday.
And there will have to be an enforced reshuffle of a side that has gone unchanged and unbeaten for three games with defender John Mullins serving a one-game ban following his red card at the New Meadow.
Dearden could pull back midfielder Lee Bell to right back or even bring in someone on loan as cover.
Another step for Jon
CHAD.co.uk, 29 Oct 2007, By John Lomas
Jon D'Laryea will take another major step towards a first team recall tomorrow in another specially arranged Stags reserves friendly away at Notts County.
"Jon will play 75 to 80 minutes, not the full game, but that doesn't mean he won't be involved in some way on Saturday," said manager Billy Dearden.
"With John Mullins suspended on Saturday I will play him as well to keep him involved ready for Hereford away next Tuesday."
Striker John McAliskey's groin injury is improving but he will not play in the reserve game, though could still be on the bench on Saturday if he continues to mend well this week.
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