FC Halifax Town: Striker Hyde could boost Town’s depleted front-line for Sutton clash
Town manager Pete Wild is hoping striker Jake Hyde will be in contention for Saturday’s Shay clash against table-toppers Sutton.
Hyde has missed Halifax’s last two games with a calf injury after limping out of the 1-0 win against Solihull on March 13.
His return would be a timely one as fellow forward Jamie Allen will miss the game as he is on international duty with Montserrat, and loan striker Tahvon Campbell is out injured, leaving Hull loanee Billy Chadwick as the only fit front-man in Wild’s squad.
“Jake’s progressing well,” said the Town boss, “probably still 50-50 for Saturday but he’s responding really well to the treatment.
“We’re hopeful he’ll be around the squad for Saturday.”
There is better news for Town that wing-back Danny Williams and midfielder Jack Earing are both fit again.
“It’s great to have Dan back,” Wild said, “and Jack Earing was passed fit on Tuesday so he’ll join the group on Thursday for training.”
On midfielder Reuben Noble-Lazarus, who is yet to make his debut for the club, Wild said: “He’s just trying to fight to get himself in the squad, that’s what he’s got to do.
“He’s got to prove to me that he warrants being in and around the matchday squad.”
Wild said midfielder Luke Summerfield is progressing well in his recovery. “Luke had a meeting with the specialist on Monday and he’s happy with how his knee is,” the Town boss said.
“He’s now joining in a lot of the ball work with us. He’s not doing any contact yet but hopefully in the next seven to 10 days he’ll be back in full contact training and hopefully, I reckon, probably after the Altrincham game (on April 10) he’ll be back amongst it.”
On long-term injury victim Matty Stenson, Wild said: “Matt was next in after Summers to see the same specialist on Monday.
“Matt’s progressing well, the surgeon’s really happy with where he is, and he now pushes onto the next stage of his rehab, getting some strength back in the quad muscle.
“There was a whisper that hopefully in about six weeks’ time he might be back on the grass doing a light jog, which can only be good news for everybody.” Wild says it has been confirmed that on loan striker Tahvon Campbell will be out for a few weeks.
“It’s definitely a calf strain and it’ll be a six-weeker so we are one week into that, so five weeks, you’re talking probably start of May before Tav’s back around it,” Wild said.
And on back-up keeper Harrison Davison-Hale, Wild said: “Harrison can keep his physical fitness up but he can’t do anything with the football. He can do kicking but no saving.”