Chris Hargreaves is keeping “fingers crossed” that on-loan winger Sam Pearson will return from injury for the visit of York City to Huish Park this weekend.

The Bristol City player trained on Thursday having missed the past three matches with a back injury picked up in a bruising encounter against Barnet last month.

Chris Hargreaves. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

The boss also revealed playmaker Lawson D’Ath, who went off in the 1-0 home win over Dagenham & Redbridge last weekend, had taken part in training.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins ahead of the weekend, Hargreaves said: “Sam has trained today, so fingers crossed he will be available. I can’t give any guarantees on that, we have to see how he reacts in training today.

The same with Lawson, he took part in a little bit of training today, so he will be close. He’s doing everything in his power to be fit. Laws is definitely giving himself the best possible chance to be available.”

He added there were “a couple of niggles” in the squad which saw him make changes against Dagenham and the Bank Holiday Monday stalemate at Wealdstone.

Striker Alex Fisher was withdrawn in the second half of both fixtures with Gime Toure coming off after 73 minutes last weekend but completing his first 90 minutes since moving to Somerset on Monday.

 


Striker Matt Grivosti has returned to League One Bolton Wanderers after his a month in Somerset which failed to see him start a game.

The 19-year-old, who had a prolific season at Warrington Town last term, was signed on loan immediately after the shock exit of Tom Knowles on the eve of the National League campaign – but played just 24 minutes in two appearances.

Confirming his return to his parent club, Hargreaves said: “We have had a chat with the player and the club, he’s a very bright footballer and a fantastic lad, but it just proved too difficult to get in the side with the players we have.

I don’t want to halt the lads progress by him not playin regular football so he’s returned to Bolton with our best wishes.

Defender Finley Craske remains at Huish Park having joined on a season-long youth loan from Plynouth Argyle.

The boss added: “With Finley, I have had a good conversation with Finley and with Plymouth and in some positions it takes a bit longer to get a chance.

It might be form, it might be injury but having a fair amount of defenders keeping fit, he just has to bide his time. He’s enjoying his training and working hard and learning lot.

 


The boss did not confirm the arrival of winger Will Dawes despite his former club Stratford Town announcing his departure on social media on Thursday.

Hargreaves said it would “not be right to say anything” about the player who, according to the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald, was signed for “a five-figure undisclosed fee.”

The Bards, who play in Southern League Premier Division Central, are owned by Jed McCrory, a business partner of Glovers’ chairman Scott Priestnall. The pair are directors in Max Mae Limited, a company involved in “the development of building projects” which has Huish Park as its registered office.

Speaking about new signings, Hargreaves said the could be movement: “We are always looking, especially when you have some injury doubts and you become a bit light.

You have to get the balance right of making a knee-jerk reaction for getting players in when you have other players who are borderline ready for getting fit, then you have an extra body. That is the challenge which we have to get right.

There may be movement in the next day or two but I will not know that until I know the full fitness of the players that I have in my squad.


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