BURTON Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has provided some positive injury news, confirming defenders Michael Mancienne, Michael Bostwick and new signing Aaron Amadi-Holloway have trained with the squad and will be available to face Ipswich Town tomorrow at the Pirelli Stadium.
And there is hope that Deji Oshilaja’s injury may be better than initially feared.
This comes as some positive news for the Brewers after a recent flurry of injuries affected the squad. The manager added that Bostwick completed 60 minutes in a behind-closed-doors game for the Brewers as he returns from a calf issue sustained towards the end of last season.
“He was supposed to play 45 minutes but asked to play 15 minutes more in a behind-closed-doors game yesterday,” said Hasselbaink.
“He trained today and will be part of the squad tomorrow.
“Michael Mancienne also trained with us today and will be part of the squad tomorrow.
“We hope, fingers crossed, (Deji) is not going to be more than two weeks. The swelling has come down significantly. He’s still on crutches because we don’t want to put weight on it but it’s not as bad as we thought.”
With the welcome return of three first team players, the manager went on to add that it will be a very good challenge as they welcome the Tractor Boys in Albion’s first home league fixture of the season.
“They’re a very big team, a very big club (but) they are in League One, they are one of us and we can’t control what they do, we can’t control the size of their club,” added the Brewers boss.
“We can control us, and we are going to try and play on our strengths to try and make it really hard for them.
“Is it a good time to play them? Every game is different, every game gives you different problems and different opportunities.
“They will ask us questions and if we deal with them properly and we can ask them our own questions then we are going to have a good game and we will give ourselves a chance.
“Obviously they have really good players and a really good squad but so have we, and we are going to be competitive.”