DEAN Saunders hopes Swansea City’s midfield injury problems will not prevent him from bringing Wales Under 21s star Joe Allen back to Wrexham.
The 18-year-old made a big impression at the Racecourse during a loan spell last month that was cut short after he damaged ankle ligaments in training.
But, with Allen closing in on a return to full fitness, Saunders wants to re-sign the centre midfielder from his hometown club before the loan transfer window slams shut today.
The Dragons boss accepts he may have a fight on his hands, though, after his counterpart Roberto Martinez saw Ferrie Bodie and Leon Britton limp off in Swansea’s Championship defeat to Birmingham City on Friday night.
Saunders, whose playing career started at the Swans, said: “He should be fit by the end of the week so I’m hoping we can bring him back. I’ll have to speak to Swansea and then speak to Joe and then think about what I’ve got and how many we can bring in and how many we can’t.
“I know they’ve had a couple of injuries so we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Even if he doesn’t get his man, Saunders still expects there to be comings and goings before Saturday’s trip to Stevenage Borough (3pm), with Barnet’s 19-year-old striker Kieron St Aimie returning to Colliers Park for a second trial this week.
Saunders suffered his first Blue Square Premier loss since taking over from Brian Little at high-flying Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday. Although disappointed to see his five-match winning run come to an end, Saunders admits the performance from his eighth-placed Dragons in the 1-0 reverse was their best under his leadership.
He said: “We had nine different players who had a shot in the last 10 minutes so that tells me they’re all trying to make a difference and all trying to win the game.
“It didn’t go our way but we’ve got to take what we did in the second half, when we battered them, and continue it into training this week and into Saturday’s game at Stevenage.
“I wasn’t pleased that we lost because I don’t like losing and that’s something which this club has been doing for too long. But my weekend hasn’t been that bad because of the way we played. We did enough to win three games.”
Silvio Spann (shoulder) and Ritchie de Laet (ankle) are vying to be fit for the trip to 12th-placed Stevenage. It will be on-loan de Laet’s last outing for the club as he returns to Stoke City on Monday to undergo a hernia operation.
But his departure should be softened by the imminent return of fellow right-back Kyle Critchell (ankle) to training, along with midfielder Andy Fleming (ankle).
Impressive centre-back Ashley Westwood has extended his contract until the summer.
The Dragons’ debut in the FA Trophy will see them take on league rivals Mansfield Town at home in the first round.