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Harris delivers injury update ahead of Easter double-header

13 April 2017

Lions striker and goalkeeper return to training ahead of Northampton clash

Neil Harris has admitted his captain and winger Shane Ferguson are unlikely to feature against Northampton Town but hope to have the pair available for Monday's anticipated trip to Fleetwood.

Tony Craig suffered a knock to his leg, while a back strain kept Ferguson from taking the field against Gillingham on the weekend.

"Tony and Shane are an outside chance of returning against Northampton on Friday, more realistically we're hoping they're available come Monday," Harris told

"They haven't returned to full training yet but we will see how they progress and assess them closer to kick-off."

The Lions boss also confirmed Aiden O'Brien will be given a fitness test as he recovers from a rolled ankle suffered at Gillingham.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Jordan Archer has returned to full training and is expected to be available for the visit of the Cobblers, while striker Lee Gregory may return to the starting side after coming off the bench in the 1-1 draw with The Gills.

"I think Lee made a real impact when he came on and so he will certainly stay in the squad. He had only just returned to training ahead of the last match with Gillingham and so was only able to play for 20-30 minutes. He has had a full week of training under his belt now so he will be an option for me."

While Harris didn't go as far as to label the double-header 'season defining,' he has highlighted the importance of the Easter weekend as the League table begins to take shape.

"The Easter break is always a huge one in football. Things may not be decided this weekend but we will start to get an idea of who will finish where come the end of the season," he added.

"Northampton may be mid-table at the moment but they are a big, tough, aggressive side that can cause plenty of problems for the opposition.

"It's a big game and we are looking for the crowd to get behind us again at The Den. That's vitally important if we are going to continue climbing up the table."

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