Kenyon and Devitt fit to face Southend

Morecambe midfielder Alex Kenyon. Picture: Matt Rushton
Morecambe midfielder Alex Kenyon. Picture: Matt Rushton
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Morecambe midfielder Alex Kenyon will be in contention to face Southend United on Saturday.

The former Everton youngster had to be taken off injured at half-time in the defeat to Northampton but his neck injury is not as bad as first feared. 
Jamie Devitt should also return from a hamstring injury but on loan left back Joe Widdowson is carrying a knock and is a doubt.

Laurence Wilson is still a couple of weeks away from a return from his ankle ligament injury but is back running ahead of schedule.

Shrimps boss Jim Bentley said: “Kenyon had to come off on Saturday with a neck injury.

“He went for an X-ray because we thought it was pretty serious but thankfully it isn’t so he’ll be back training today (Thursday) after a couple of days rest.

“Joe Widdowson got a knock so we’ll have to assess him and see how he is but whether this comes a little too early for him we’ll have to wait and see.

“Laurence Wilson is back running ahead of schedule. He had his cast off on Monday which is great but is still a few weeks away.

“Jamie Devitt missed the last couple of games but is fit and has had a good week’s training so he’ll come back into the side.”

Plenty of Shrimps first team players, including Mark Hughes, Jack Sampson, Andy Wright, Jack Redshaw and Paul Mullin, featured in the 3-0 reserve defeat to Fleetwood on Tuesday as Bentley continues to manage a larger squad this season.

He said: “It was two strong sides, it wasn’t really a reserve team fixture.

“The were very experienced and very strong and we did the same.

“Players at the moment aren’t playing the games they want to and we’ve got to make sure we keep the minutes topped up for when they do come into the first team.

“It was a good exercise, a disappointing result but we got what we wanted out of the game and I’m sure the players will be better for it.”