Lat­ics ready to rush back Kelly

Oldham Advertiser - - SPORT - SHEL­DAN KEAY shel­dankeay@hot­ @Shel­danKeay

OLD­HAM Ath­letic have been given a boost for this week­end’s match with Mil­ton Keynes Dons after it was re­vealed that cap­tain Liam Kelly could be fit to play.

Kelly missed last week­end’s 4-0 drub­bing by Yeovil with a ham­string in­jury, with Lat­ics boss Lee John­son an­nounc­ing he would be out for a num­ber of weeks.

That di­ag­no­sis has since changed though, with John­son now claim­ing the mid­fielder could be risked this week­end.

“We could prob­a­bly rush him back and play him against MK Dons,” he said.

“It would be a real risk that could see us lose him for a month but there is the pos­si­bil­ity of that.

“Ide­ally I would say we’re look­ing at him be­ing out for two weeks rather than four, so if not Satur­day then he could be ready for the Crewe match.

“We’ve had the in­jury scanned and it is a tear so it will be a long thought process that goes into de­cid­ing what we do.

“We have to take leg­isla- tion from the player too and he feels good and is jog­ging now, so we will just have to wait and see.”

The decision whether to play Kelly could de­pend on how many Old­ham play­ers are struck down with an on­go­ing flu bug at the club.

Lat­ics have had to play re­cent games with­out Jonathan Forte and Mike Jones due to the ill­ness, and John­son ad­mits sev­eral more names may be un­avail­able this week­end.

“I think we’re go­ing to have two or three play­ers out all week which is frus­trat­ing,” he said.

“They could still play on Satur­day even though they haven’t trained as I think some­times you have to take guid­ance from the player.

“A lot of times they know how they’re feel­ing and whether they’ve been strug­gling or not.

“We’ll just have to be as pro­fes­sional as we can be and do the tests that we do at the club to de­ter­mine more.”

Lat­ics cur­rently sit eighth in the League One ta­ble, while op­po­nents MK Dons are in third place. The Dons won this fix­ture 2-1 when the teams met last sea­son.

Ed­die Gar­vey

●● Old­ham Ath­letic skip­per Liam Kelly could be risked in Satur­day’s game against MK Dons

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