Latics ready to rush back Kelly
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.
●● Oldham Athletic skipper Liam Kelly could be risked in Saturday’s game against MK Dons