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Bowyer: Initial Signs Are Good

25 May 2017

Squad Fitness Boost For Manager

Gary Bowyer has revealed that every player with a slight injury concern came through first-team training at the stadium yesterday. 

The squad picked up plenty of knocks in last Thursday's dramatic play-off semi-final second leg at Luton Town, with one or two playing through the pain barrier for the entirety. 

However, there was a clean bill of health out on the pitch at Bloomfield Road and further assessments will no be made ahead of Sunday's Wembley final date with Exeter City. 

"The ones that we felt had trouble in the Luton game have all trained and that's been really pleasing," Bowyer confirmed. "Now we'll see how they recover and whether they're ready to go again on Friday. The initial signs are really good."

Should every player pass the test, the manager will have a real selection poser on his hands, especially with it being the club's biggest match of the season. 

"This is the worst bit of the job when you're having to pull people and tell them they're not playing, or leaving them out of the squad," he said. "Because of what's at stake this weekend, it'll be even harder. 

"It's about being honest with people and making the best selection that you see fit for the team."

No matter the decisions made, every member of the squad will make the trip to the capital and support their team-mates, as was the case at Luton last time out.  

"It was important that we were able to do that so I'm grateful to the club for allowing us to do that. We'll be doing so again and you can't place the value of that, it's a squad game and that's what we've spoken about all season. It's only right that we'll all be there again on Sunday," he added. 

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