GARETH TAYLOR is set to lead the line for Wrexham this evening when they continue their pre-season build up at Blue Square North neighbours Vauxhall Motors (7.30pm).
The veteran striker has fully recovered from the virus that kept him away from training last week, as have midfielders Steve Abbott and Simon Brown, and manager Dean Saunders is happy that the majority of his squad have avoided injuries since embarking on a hectic programme of friendly matches.
Only Marc Williams, who was 21 yesterday, and captain Ashley Westwood are a cause for concern with foot and shin problems respectively, but the Dragons boss said yesterday: “Marc seems to be recovering, while Ashley is seeing a specialist today.
“Apart from those two everyone else is fine and I’m pleased the players have come through the bulk of the work without problems and that we looked fit and strong against Manchester City.
“Gareth Taylor should play against Vauxhall tomorrow because he needs to get at least half a game under his belt.”
Former Senegal striker Lamine Sakho, who was signed last Thursday subject to a successful medical, was in for training for the first time yesterday, and Saunders is now looking to add perhaps two players ahead of the season’s opener against Eastbourne Borough on August 8.
“We’ve got a Portuguese goalkeeper on trial and I’ve got a couple in the pipeline with just one or two places in the squad that need to be filled,” he said.
“Lamine has come in today and we’ll wait until he is fit enough to join in before giving him a medical.
“Maybe he could feature against Huddersfield on Saturday, but we’ll have to see how he is. He’s doing fitness work this week designed to strengthen himself up and get him fit.”
Saunders added: “We have a game against Newtown on Wednesday, Wales under-19s on Thursday and Saturday’s match with Huddersfield so we need to see who has played and for how long before deciding on teams for these games.”