Shrimps boss set to make changes against Rochdale

Mark Hughes is expected to return from suspension against Rochdale.
Mark Hughes is expected to return from suspension against Rochdale.

Jim Bentley has hinted he might rotate his squad when Rochdale visit the Globe Arena on Saturday.

The Morecambe boss has bodies returning all the time and will also welcome back captain Mark Hughes after he served his one-game ban in the 3-0 defeat to Southend in the FA Cup first round on Saturday.

Bentley is however waiting on the fitness of Jack Redshaw, who has had an injection in his hip, and Andy Parrish who picked up an ankle injury against the Shrimpers.

Bentley said: “We’ve got a few back now so we might rotate the squad a little bit and give people a chance.

“Chris McCready came through the full 90 against Southend with no ill effects and has had a decent week in training as has Marcus Marshall.

“He got a bit of a dead leg and cramp because he’s not played much but he’s further down the line in getting back to where we want him to be.

“Redshaw’s had an injection in the groin area round the hip where he had the operation.

“It’s nothing serious but he’s back in training today (Thursday) so we’ll have to see if the game comes too soon for him.

“Andy Parrish took a knock last week and has missed training so far this week but he’s due to train today so it’s touch and go if he plays too.”

Jack Sampson missed out against former club Southend with Bentley emphasising that the big number nine was rested after an impressive start to the season.

He said: “Jack’s come from reserve and academy football and we’ve put number nine of his back and expected him to lead the line every game because of the absence of Marshall and Redshaw.

“He’s done great but what you see in development of young players is they get on the crest of a wave and then they dip a little bit.

“So you’ve got to make sure you manage them right. Personally, I feel he hasn’t been at his best since the whack on his head (against AFC Wimbledon a month ago).

“It’s a squad game and we picked a side we thought would beat Southend and we brought Marshall in and thought he was good in large spells.

“Now that I’ve got them all fit again it gives me a better headache than not having the players to pick from.”