Morecambe boss has selection decisions to make

Chris McCready after breaking his collarbone against Plymouth.
Chris McCready after breaking his collarbone against Plymouth.
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley admits it is nice to have a selection headache at the weekend as a host of long-term absentees return to the fold.

Jack Redshaw, Marcus Marshall and Chris McCready, along with youngster Chris Doyle, are all hoping to feature against Southend in the FA Cup on Saturday having missed large chunks of the season.

It means Bentley’s often depleted squad looks the strongest it has all season, something he is relishing.

He said: “Marcus Marshall has come off the bench twice for the first team and played 60 minutes for the reserves.

“He’s done very well, looks sharp, fit and there’s been no reaction to his hamstring.

“Jack has trained for two weeks now and came on at Burton. He’s got a bit of scar tissue in the groin area where he’s had the operation so we didn’t want to take any chances with him in the reserves on Tuesday.

“But he’s responded well and whether he’ll be involved or not we’ll have to wait and see but he certainly won’t start the game.

“Chris is different because he’s been able to continue with his fitness work because it’s been a shoulder injury.

“He played 45 in the reserves and could have gone a little bit further but Chris Doyle who’s been injured came on and did well.

“It’s been a very positive week.

“They’re all back in contention and it gives me a nice headache.”

Bentley will however be without skipper Mark Hughes through suspension again after picking up his fifth booking at Burton.

The central defender missed the defeat against Accrington two weeks ago after a controversial red card against Cheltenham.

The Shrimps boss said: “It’s a big blow.

“The game he missed was Accrington which we lost. He’s our captain, he’s a big player for us.

“But as I say every week, it’s football. We’re getting all these players back from injury and then we lose our captain to suspension again.

“It’s a big miss but it opens the door for someone else.”