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Team News: Rochdale (H)

29 August 2019

Team news ahead of facing Rochdale...

Blues boss Kevin Bond provides the latest updates on the injury front.

Nathan Ralph

"At this stage we’re not sure [if he will be available] but we will give him as much chance to recover, we are now 48 hours before the game so will have to see how it goes in the next two days."

Jason Demetriou

"He’s had a couple of recovery days because that’s what he needs. It was just a tactical change at half time [against MK Dons] and was nothing to do with the injury or his performance, it was just tactical."

Rob Kiernan

"He was on the bench the other night so we would consider him there or there abouts, the only thing he hasn’t had is much game time of late, as one or two of them haven’t had to be fair, but he’s looked sharp in training and he’s been back for a week or so now."

John White

"He’s working hard in the physio’s room, we'll see if we can get him fit for the weekend. We’ve got a number of people who are struggling with knocks and so we will have to leave it as long and as late as we can to see who will be available for us."

Tom Hopper and Sam Barratt

"They are out there this morning doing a bit of passing, so they are really pleased to now get the balls out which is very encouraging. I think as well as it gives them a lift it gives everybody else one, to see that they are not far away from hopefully joining back in with the squad.

"You can’t really [put a timescale on their returns], it just leads to disappointment and we’ve been down that road with Tom before so it will be as long as it will be, they are all working. The medical team are working round the clock for us to get them fit as quickly as they can, I don’t really want to put anybody under pressure in terms of timescales."

Stephen McLaughlin

"Stephen hurt his ankle in the game against Millwall and he then felt it a bit in the game against Coventry, then he had another reoccurrence after Stevenage and I think after the Lincoln game he had to have an injection in it, so it rules him out for hopefully not too long."

Timothee Dieng

"Dieng came in with a calf injury at the start of pre-season and then on his first or second day back training he got another calf injury [in the other leg]."

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