Issy's Ready To Roll

Lloyd Isgrove is ready to help spearhead Wanderers’ bid for a place in the knock-out phase of the Papa Johns Trophy.

Isgrove is heading back to full match fitness after 10 months out of competitive action through injury.

The wideman made his comeback via the bench to help the Whites hit back and earn a 2-2 draw at Tranmere in their last game in Group B last month.

And he looks set to be involved again tonight (Tuesday) as Wanderers faces Leeds United’s U21s knowing that a win will take them into the last 32.

“I’m feeling good,” said Isgrove. “I played a few times for the B team which was about getting my minutes up because I didn’t want to break down or push anything too early.

“I’ve been taking my time but playing against Tranmere was nice, just being back around the lads properly.

“I’m fit and available and whether I get picked or play 10 minutes I’ll give it my all, as I always do.

“I’m looking forward to being involved again and hopefully get some minutes again and keep building up.”

Wanderers have secured a win and a draw so far and will guarantee a home tie in the next round if they beat Leeds at the University of Bolton Stadium (7pm) to secure top spot in the group.

And with the Trophy throwing up the possibility of a Wembley final, Isgrove is keen to get what’s needed against a Leeds side which started their trophy campaign with a 5-3 win at Tranmere.

“I don’t think they have been beaten this season so they will be coming here full of confidence, as we will be,” he added.

“We want to try and get some goals, go on the attack and try and win the game.

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“Everybody will be ready to go. Whoever is called on will, I’m sure, put in a performance and hopefully we’ll get through.

“We never going into any game wanting anything less than a win so we will be looking to try and win and progress in every competition we can.

“If you can get to Wembley it would be a great day for the club and the fans, so we will definitely be looking to win.”

Whites’ boss Ian Evatt is set to make changes for the cup tie as he looks to utilise his squad depth and bring an end to a three-game winless and scoreless run.

Evatt wants as many players as possible fit and firing, with Isgrove among those keen to join the fight for a first-team spot and help get Wanderers’ League One push back in top gear.

“It’s tough but that’s part and parcel of the game. Everyone needs to be ready,” said Isgrove, who has overcome hamstring and heel issues to join the competition for places.

“Football changes all the time and you never know. You could be needed one week and out the squad the next. That’s just how it is.

“Everyone is raring to go and I am definitely looking forward to it and hopefully getting some minutes in at some point.”

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