Fitness Check For Dempsey

Midfield man Kyle Dempsey faces a fitness check to see whether he can help Wanderers go for seven in a row.

Dempsey missed out on a return to former club Gillingham last Saturday with a groin injury and illness laying him low.

The January signing has shaken off the bug and will be assessed by the Whites’ medical staff ahead of Tuesday night’s visit of Morecambe when Wanderers will be aiming for a seventh successive home win.

“He’s better. We don’t know about his groin yet,” confirmed manager Ian Evatt, who handed Dempsey his Wanderers’ debut as a substitute in February’s 1-1 draw at Morecambe.

“We’ll have him checked this morning (Monday). We don’t want to take any risks with him.

“Everyone else seems to be fine, although obviously Gethin is still away.”

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Vice-captain Jones will again be absent on compassionate leave, while forward Elias Kachunga is being lined up for a possible return to the squad for Saturday’s home game against Plymouth Argyle.

“He’s only trained for a couple of days. He needs a little bit longer but he’s looked really sharp in training so it won’t be too much longer,” added Evatt.

Wideman Lloyd Isgrove is also just a couple of weeks away from being back in contention, while Kieran Lee is continuing his rehabilitation from the heel surgery which has kept him out since the middle of last month.

“He’s had a pot on to protect the wound and to keep it in one position,” said Evatt.

“As far as I know everything went really well and he’s still progressing nicely.”

Wanderers will be looking to back up Saturday’s superb 3-0 win at Gillingham when they face Morecambe in a fixture re-arranged from Boxing Day.

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The comprehensive victory in Kent trimmed the gap to the play-off places to seven points and Evatt’s men will be looking to stay on a roll after winning nine of their last 12 games to keep the top six in sight.

“It’s nice to hear opposition staff, manager, players and fans saying what a good team we are,” said Evatt, whose in-form side should have secured their sixth away win by an even bigger margin.

“But I don’t think we’re anywhere close to being the finished article. There’s loads more to come and we’ll keep striving for improvement.

“We were pleased with the win and the performance.

“That’s gone now, though. We have to focus on tomorrow night and we want to carry on our good home form.

“We’re not resting on our laurels. We have set the players a target and we’re still a way off that target, so we have to keep going.”

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