ARTELL HOPING TO HAVE GRANT BACK SOON

By , April 10, 2018 10:45 am

With no mid-week match, David Artell will be hoping to have defender Perry Ng and midfielder Conor Grant free from injury to be considered for the weekend fixture against Carlisle United.

The Crewe Alex manager will be aiming to bounce back from disappointing defeats to Cambridge United and Exeter City with a positive result against Keith Curle’s Cumbrians.

Right-back Ng missed the trip to Exeter after suffering a slight twist of his ankle and his absence meant another reshuffle with Brad Walker moving into the defensive back-line.

Grant, 22, has not featured for the club since suffering concussion away at Grimsby Town when he collided with the arm of Mitch Rose. Grant has now sat out two weeks and is now free to play again.

The on-loan Everton midfielder has missed Crewe’s last three games, but has now resumed full training.

James Jones is expected to resume training with the football this week but this weekend’s home fixture is likely to be too early to see a possible return for the Scotland Under-21 midfielder.

A dominant performance from league leaders Exeter City saw them win their 6th straight league game against Crewe Alexandra, themselves who have now not scored in 3 of their 4 games this month thanks to first-half goals from Jordan Tillson and Jake Taylor and substitute Jayden Stockley in the second period.

Crewe Alex manager David Artell made the one change to his team that lost narrowly to Cambridge as the injured full-back Perry Ng was replaced by midfielder Callum Ainley with Brad Walker dropping back to cover at right-back.

Conor Grant, who was knocked out in the club`s previous defeat at Grimsby 2 weeks ago, didn`t travel down with the squad.

Crewe Alex host Carlisle United next Saturday in their next league game at the Alexandra Stadium.

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