Sampson in contention to return against Accrington

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley.
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley.
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Morecambe striker Jack Sampson is making good progress ahead of a possible return against Accrington Stanley at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

The Shrimps number nine was knocked out followed a clash of heads with AFC Wimbledon’s Barry Fuller last Saturday and missed Tuesday night’s 3-0 defeat at Cheltenham - Morecambe’s first in 10 games.

The former Bolton youngster’s head injury is being checked every day with Shrimps boss Jim Bentley hoping he will be involved in this weekend’s Lancashire derby.

Bentley said: “He’s down for non-contact training today (Thursday).

“You’ve got to assess him every day with the head injury for up to a month just in case he starts feeling it a little, being sick or anything like that when he exerts himself but it’s so far, so good.

“He’s showed no ill affects, so hopefully he’s going to be in contention and will be back in on Saturday.”

Bentley will however be without suspended captain Mark Hughes with the Shrimps boss believing the former Accrington player can count himself unlucky to be ruled out against his former club.

Bentley said: “He’d been on four bookings so when he got his first we knew he was going to be suspended.

“But I never ever thought it was a booking. I thought it was a foul on him. They’ve rolled over together and got up and gone off their separate ways.

“So to come over and book him was silly in my opinion.

“But it is what it is, he’s suspended, we’ll have to go without him and he’s a big miss.

“We’ll have a couple of options of what to do with players and formations.

“We’ve been quite set in our ways with the run we’ve been on but I said when I took the job I want us to flexible and be able to change before and during games if we need to.”

There’s no fresh injury concerns after the Cheltenham game with the news on the longer term injury absentees positive.

Bentley said: “(Chris) Doyle is still on crutches, but (Jack) Redshaw, (Marcus) Marshall and (Chris) McCready will all do light training today.

“It’s non-contact but they’re all moving and have got the ball.

“Those three won’t be too far away now and will be like three new signings.

“We are depleted and we knew we’d have sticky spells throughout the season but I’m really looking forward to the game.

“I’m ready and raring to go and I’ll make sure they’re firing on all cylinders to give it their best shot and hopefully we can give the Morecambe fans who turn up on Saturday something to sing about.”