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Ball Not Yet Ready as Ndaba Picks Up Minor Injury
Thursday, 4th Aug 2022 14:49

Midfielder Dominic Ball is not yet ready to make his Town debut but is back on the grass following his ankle injury, while Corrie Ndaba has picked up a knock and won’t be involved in Saturday’s game at Forest Green Rovers.

Ball has been out of action for a fortnight with the ankle problem and manager Kieran McKenna says the summer signing, a free agent following his QPR exit, is not yet fit enough to be included in the squad.

“I think he’s going to fall just short for this weekend,” he said. “He’s been back on the grass this week, he’s very close to joining the training group for tomorrow but Saturday is just going to come around too quick.

“Hopefully he’ll be involved in the fixtures next week. The Colchester game is possible.”

Asked whether he has any other injury problems going into the match against Rovers, who will be playing Town for the first time and hosting their inaugural League One game, he added: “Corrie Ndaba has a very, very slight strain in his one of his hip flexors, so he’s not trained this week but again it shouldn’t be anything long-term, but isn’t available for tomorrow.”

Ball and Ndaba will hope to be OK for the Carabao Cup tie at home to Colchester United on Tuesday when McKenna confirms he will field players who aren’t involved at the weekend.

“There’ll certainly be changes, I wouldn’t like to speak about any individuals at this point but there will certainly be changes,” he said.

“It’s important that we use the game to utilise the squad, give minutes to the squad, make sure everyone is fit and available and minuted enough to be ready across the next month.

“But also it’s a game that we want to win, we want to progress in the cup competitions and that starts with Colchester on Tuesday.

“There will be changes in the team for sure from the Saturday team but also we’ll be picking a team that we think is competitive enough and will have enough to perform well and win the game.”

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ArnieM added 16:07 - Aug 4
That’ll be Leigh in at LB then I reckon. we’ll see won’t we. It’s nice to have strength in the depth we have .

Woolfenthen added 16:28 - Aug 4
Edwards Vincent-Young Ndaba Burgess Leigh
Harper Ball
Aluko John-Jules

Subs: Hayes, Stewart, Penney, Humphreys, El Mizouni, Ward, Chirewa

LegendofthePhoenix added 16:29 - Aug 4
Surely Leigh has to start on Saturday? There are no must win games at this stage of the season, but if we want to energise the team and fans for the games coming up, we need 3 pts. In that sense, this is a big one. Although KM is at the wheel and knows far more than me, so we will see.

Nobbysnuts added 16:47 - Aug 4
Ndaba is 4th choice at best so not to worry

SheptonMalletBlue added 17:02 - Aug 4
Good news that Ball is back on the grass, should aid his recovery!!!

C_Jam_Blue added 17:34 - Aug 4
Shame about Ball, I think FGR will be right up for this game with a high press. Ball's more robust style would have been more useful, especially early in the game. Evans did struggle a bit last week when Bolton were playing with real intent.

blueboy1981 added 17:46 - Aug 4
‘there are no must win games at this stage of the season’ …. ???
states LegendofthePhoenix - WHAT ???
Take it as read, that if you want to get out of this quagmire of a Third Division - then EVERY single game is a ‘must win’ game.
Points on the Board early doors is the biggest confidence boast any team can have - just ask any potential Promotion rivals if they agree.
Give them a head start - and see how difficult playing ‘catch up’ is …. !!!

LegendofthePhoenix added 18:53 - Aug 4
So Blueboy, if we don't win on Saturday, is that our season over? Really??
As I stated, it is a big game that we need 3 pts from to get players and fans energised. There is no such thing as a must win game in the first week of August.

Nomore4 added 18:57 - Aug 4
If we don’t win Saturday we don’t deserve to go up…..every games a must win this season IMO…

Edmundo added 19:12 - Aug 4
Bolton was an imoroon last season (0 points from matches against them). We have to be getting maximum points from all promoted teams. So in this respect, yes. it's not good enough to go to FGR and return with less than 3 points.

Fat_Boy_Tim added 22:32 - Aug 4
Who has scored 100% of our goals and hit 20% of our shots on target this season?

Fat_Boy_Tim added 23:11 - Aug 4
Edmundo - what’s an imoroon?

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