Good injury news for Morecambe ahead of Rochdale trip

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Morecambe are set to have two key players available again for the trip to Rochdale on Saturday.

Andy Fleming and captain Mark Hughes are both set to return from injury at Spotland as Jim Bentley’s side look for their first League 2 win since Boxing Day.

Fleming’s knee problem is not as bad as first feared and arguably the Shrimps’ player of the year so far is set to return ahead of schedule.

Hughes is also back in contention with Robbie Threlfall set to feature despite going off early on in the defeat against Burton Albion after a nasty clash with Gary Alexander.

Bentley said: “Flemmo’s trained and thankfully it wasn’t a serious injury.

“We were thinking it was maybe going to be an operation but after having a scan it revealed it was just severe bruising.

“He’ll be back in contention with Mark Hughes who’s trained this week.

“Robbie Threlfall’s recovered as well so I think we’re virtually at full strength minus Marcus Marshall who’s making good progress as well.

“Hopefully he’ll be back within the week too which is good news. 
“Obviously he’ll need a few reserve games but it’s not bad at the moment.

“We’re going to need all our bodies because we’ve got three games in a week and March is a very busy month too.”

It means Bentley faces something of a selection headache with changes expected from the 1-0 reverse against Burton at the Globe Arena last time out.

The Shrimps boss said: “I’ve obviously got to disappoint one or two people but it’s a nice headache and we’ll probably make a couple of changes from the Burton game.

“I’d rather have it this way than the team picking itself with five young kids on the bench like it was earlier on in the season.

“Having said that we were winning games then. That’s just football for you.”

Alex Kenyon will serve the second match of his three-game ban at Rochdale.