Harrison Dunk back in the fold for Cambridge United’s trip to Mansfield Town in Sky Bet League Two
Harrison Dunk will be in contention for Cambridge United's visit to Mansfield Town in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (February 20).
The left-sided player has returned to training following the concussion suffered in the 4-1 defeat at Salford City, which forced him to miss the 0-0 draw with Southend United.
But it will otherwise be a similar squad to the one on duty against the Shrimpers, as the game will come too soon for both Paul Digby and Hiram Boateng.
“Paul Digby is out running today (Thursday), Hiram is back into his first session of contact training today (Thursday) so those two aren’t ready to go yet,” said head coach Mark Bonner.
There was a boost for United as the improved weather conditions allowed some of their squad to get minutes under their belts in a friendly match against MK Dons, which the U’s won 2-0 with two goals from Harvey Knibbs.
“Some of the boys have got closer to fitness having played in midweek,” said Bonner.
“Aji (Alese) played which was good for him, Knibbsy played 90 minutes which was good for him, and Liam O’Neil played big minutes which was good, so those boys are getting closer and closer to being match ready.
“We know we will need everybody over the next three-and-a-half weeks with the busy run of games.”
Bonner is looking forward to being able to call upon Boateng and Digby again soon, but has been impressed by the way others have risen to the challenge in their absence in central midfield, including the likes of Declan Drysdale and Adam May.
“Certainly as and when we get those players that have been out for a little period of time, and in Hiram’s case a longer period of time, back we will have a stronger squad,” added Bonner.
“What we need to hope is that we’re still in the race and that everybody else is still fit.
“If we can be in the hunt in the last 10 games, with everybody fit and available, then we think we have a good squad to go and attack it.”