Trio Target Trophy Time

Josh Sheehan and Lloyd Isgrove could return to help Wanderers launch their Papa Johns Trophy campaign.

And next Tuesday night’s group opener at home to Crewe may also be an opportunity for Eoin Toal to make a first senior appearance.

The trio all featured for the B team on Tuesday afternoon in a 2-1 Central League loss to an experienced Blackpool line-up.

Toal played for 45 minutes after recovering from the injury issues that have delayed the start of the defender’s Whites’ career since signing from Derry City last month.

And Isgrove and Sheehan completed 75 minutes as the midfield pair edge nearer a first taste of first-team action since last November.  

“I thought Josh and Lloyd had stepped up from their performance last week,” said manager Ian Evatt, who watched as Sheehan laid on Conor Carty’s opening goal with a delightful pass and Isgrove thundered a volley against the crossbar.

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“You can see they’re getting fitter and sharper all the time and Eoin Toal made his debut.

“He played 45 minutes and showed some good signs and nice moments.

“He will get better and fitter and stronger as he goes along and it’s great to have these lads back.

“It’s a great opportunity for players to step up and play and I would think Lloyd, Eoin and Josh will all be involved in that game (against Crewe).”

Wanderers have no fresh injury concerns for Saturday’s League One return at Plymouth Argyle.

Striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson will miss the trip to Home Park with the hamstring injury that kept him out of Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup exit to Aston Villa.

But Evatt was hopeful of an upbeat bulletin on the Icelancis international, who was booked in for a scan on Wednesday afternoon.

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“Hopefully the results of that scan are positive. It looks a lot better than it did,” added the Whites’ boss.

Wanderers continue a busy month at Plymouth before playing their eighth game in August against Crewe in the EFL Trophy.

The fixture list has done them few favours in sending Evatt’s men on a 580-mile round trip to Devon on the Bank Holiday weekend.

But the squad will stagger the journey by setting off on Thursday afternoon and then training in Bristol on Friday to give them the best chance of extending their unbeaten start away from home.

“Sharon and the board have helped us immensely with splitting the journey up,” said Evatt.

“These small margins – one per cents – really help and thanks to the board for enabling us to do that because they things aren’t cheap.

“We are trying to make the week as normal as possible and give the players the best chance of recovery and being fresh for Saturday.”

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