The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ross Law­son

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

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