Neil Critchley has admitted Tuesday night’s Papa John’s Trophy tie at Fleetwood Town presents a good opportunity to recall some fresh faces into the team.
The Seasiders make the trip to Highbury for the second time in just four days, having secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Fleetwood in the league on Saturday afternoon.
Ahead of the trip to Highbury, the Head Coach has admitted there will likely be some alterations to the side.
“There will be some changes to the side for the game, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how the lads do,” Critchley said.
“The players who aren’t involved in the matchday squad on a consistent basis at the moment are important members of the squad. The way that we train at the Club is important, and we ensure everyone remains fit and ready so that when an opportunity does come around, they are prepared and ready to go.
“There’s a long way to go in the season yet, and players who maybe haven’t been playing at the moment could be really important players in the coming weeks. There will be some changes and I’m really looking forward to the tie."
One of the players who could make a long-awaited return is Matty Virtue. The 23-year-old has made just one appearance for the Seasiders so far this season, with an injury keeping him out of action for almost four months.
“Matty’s had a frustrating season being out injured for a long period of time,” Critchley said.
“He’s been training with the rest of the team for just over a week now, so his next step on the road to recovery is getting some match action, so tomorrow night will hopefully give him that opportunity to look to build and maintain his fitness, before getting involved in regular match action.”