BOSS Neil Aspin expects Jamie Rainford to be back in the Town squad for tomorrow’s Blue Square bet North clash with Harrogate at the Shay.
And the former Chester man’s return from injury could hardly be more timely with Lee Gregory set to be out for a month after pulling up lame in last weekend’s defeat at Nuneaton.
Rainford ruled himself out of the game at Liberty Way as he had failed to recover from the knock to the ankle he suffered against the same opposition five days earlier at the Shay.
Gregory returned for the game but limped from the field in the second half after suffering a recurrence of the hamstring injury that had kept him sidelined for the previous few matches.
“I would expect Jamie Rainford to be back,” said Aspin. “I would be disappointed if he wasn’t.
“He said last week that he could still feel the injury and in the end it was a good job we did not risk him because we might have been without him and Lee Gregory now.
“Lee will be out for a month. It is not ideal to lose you leading scorer for a big chunk of games but we would not have risked him last week had he not said he felt all right.”
Cameron Darkwah is also ruled out of tomorrow’s game as he begins a three match ban following his red card at Eastwood but Ryan Toulson and Jason St Juste are available despite their recent dismissals as their suspensions do not kick in until a week tomorrow.
Town will be keen to get back on track on the back of a run that has seen them take just one point from the last nine.
But Aspin said he was placing no greater importance on the clash with his former employers than any other.
“They are all big games between now and the end of the season,” he said. “And no one game is any bigger than another.
“If we are going to get into the play offs we need to be taking quite a few points between now and the end.”
Town’s home form has been patchy this season and they have won just three of their last seven at the Shay in the league.
“I have been concerned about the home form all season,” said Aspin. “And I wouldn’t suddenly change my mind.
“We have not been good enough at the Shay and in the two games against Nuneaton last week we were better away.
“But we are well into the season and we just have to get on with it and stick together. Regardless of how we are playing we have to get the points.
“We have not been good but we are still in with a shout and one game can turn things round.”
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