MY FRESH COD CAN BE TASTY IN RUN-IN
NO MANAGER wants to see their players on the sidelines but Uwe Rosler believes recent injuries could actually end up benefitting Fleetwood’s promotion push.
The Cod Army went on a remarkable 18-match unbeaten streak earlier in the campaign to launch themselves into automatic promotion contention, but had won just one of their last four games before facing Swindon yesterday.
They have been without captain Nathan Pond and strikers Devante Cole and Wes Burns through injury in recent weeks and had slipped six points behind second-place Bolton.
But 31-year-old defender Pond is on the verge of a first-team return, 21-yearold Cole is back in training and 22-year-old Burns should be in contention before the end of the season.
“What makes me optimistic is the players coming back,” said Rosler. “When your players have been out for two or three months and they’re coming in at the final stages of the season, they have a lot of energy.
“They may not be 100 per cent in terms of match sharpness, but what they do have is a willingness to show themselves. I think that can play in our favour.
“We will get our players back and then we will be a different proposition.”
SKIPPER: Nathan Pond