DANNY Carlton is expected to make a welcome return to the Shrimps’ starting line up at Port Vale this Saturday.
With Phil Jevons set to miss the next three games after his red card at Southend on Saturday and Kevin Ellison also a major doubt with a knee injury, Carlton’s earlier than expected return after suffering ligament damage at Torquay is a major boost for boss Jim Bentley.
The striker, who won the League 2 Player of the Month Award for September, was expected to be out for up to six weeks but is hoping to be back with a bang at Vale Park on Saturday after just three weeks.
Boss Bentley was quick to praise Carlton and his backroom staff for their efforts.
He said: “The backroom staff of Simon Farnworth, Trevor Fleet and Danny Birdsall have worked wonders and Danny himself has also showed a great attitude and desire to make sure he is fit as soon as possible.
“It is a real boost for us because without Jevons and Ellison we are a bit short up front.”
Talking about Jevons and Ellison he said: “Phil has raised his hands but there is no doubt the Southend player made the most of it to get him sent off. If he hadn’t have thrown himself to the floor like he did it might just have been a yellow but these things happen and we have to always think of that.
“As for Kevin he is seeing a specialist this week and we hope his injury isn’t too bad but we will have to wait and see the extent of the problem.”
The Shrimps travel to Vale Park looking to put the nightmare of last season’s 7-2 defeat there behind them in one of Sammy McIlroy’s last games in charge, a game that Bentley remembers well.
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