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3 December 2020

Mark Molesley gave an update on the current fitness status of those who have been unavailable recently.

Kyle Taylor has been receiving treatment for a hamstring injury, while Ashley Nathaniel-George has missed the last two games after testing positive for COVID-19. 

Both won't be available for the weekend trip to The Lamex Stadium to face Alex Revell's Stevenage.

On the overall status of the squad, the Blues boss said: "We’re nursing a few at the moment and have got a few away from the squad still.

"We’ll have to see how Friday goes.

"The schedule has been quite gruelling. The difficulty that we’ve faced is the amount of injuries [we’ve had]. The ones who didn’t get a full pre-season, we have to be careful building them up. 

"At the same time, where the numbers have dropped so low we have’t had the luxury of resting players as much as we’d like.

"But we’ve been building players up through those tough times, the ones who have run the course and are staying with it are getting fitter and fitter week in, week out.

"I think we’ll start to see the fruit of the very soon."

Kyle Taylor

"Kyle is still with Bournemouth and we’re hoping to have him back in the building next week."

Ashley Nathaniel-George

"Ash is still in a period of isolation. He was one who wasn’t asymptomatic; he had a few symptoms and obviously tested positive. Until he’s 48 hours clear of any symptoms we can’t have him back in the building. He’s going to miss out.

Kazaiah Sterling and Emile Acquah

"Because they were symptom free, re-tested and had gone through their period of incubation [they became available last weekend]. Ash is clear of that period too but because he’s had symptoms we can’t bring him back in the building.

"The other two had no symptoms. Emile didn’t ever test positive, it was his proximity on the coach so we had to leave him two weeks to see if any symptoms occurred which they didn’t.

"He had negative results and then Kaz also tested negative [enabling them to return], but Ash had symptoms so until he’s clear of those we can’t bring him back into the building. But he’s actually over the two week period."

Harry Lennon

"The good news is Harry’s had his operation. He had a two-for-one deal.

"He not only had the compartment syndrome looked at but he had his knee done which was the more serious [of the two injuries].

"The knee is the injury which is going to keep him out for longer, but the good news is we managed to fix both problems in one, so we’ve killed two birds with one stone.

"He’s very much on the long term list with Lewis [Gard] and Ralphy [Nathan Ralph]. It's certainly months and not weeks, which is a bitter blow. Opportunity knocks for other players."

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