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Everyone will be needed

Gaffer assesses squad depth ahead of Cambridge trip

19 February 2018

Notts County manager Kevin Nolan says everyone in his squad has a part to play with 13 games left in the Sky Bet League Two season.

The Magpies travel to Cambridge United tomorrow evening and the boss is pleased with the number of options at his disposal when it comes to team selection.

"The lads are pushing each other to better limits and they are at their standards again," he said.

"There is a real energy about the boys at the minute, which is great, and hopefully we can keep putting that into practice during games. If they do that, they will get their rewards.

"We have plenty of strength in depth. Everyone will be needed and used between now and the end of the season. It's up to them to keep pushing and keep working hard to get their opportunity and when they do they have to put another dilemma in my head."

Ahead of the trip to the Abbey Stadium, the boss revealed that midfielder Michael O'Connor is set to be the only absentee as he continues to make good progress in his recovery from the knee injury sustained last April.

"Michael joined in with training again today and is coming into a bit more contact so hopefully he will be out playing games in the next two to three weeks. His 'pre-season' is well and truly underway," said Nolan

"Shaun Brisley is fine now after his illness last week and was fully involved in training. He was ready for Saturday [against Newport] but with how well Ben Hall played against Carlisle, it means Shaun has to wait his turn now.

"Ben has to keep his standards up. Whoever is picked tomorrow will know the other is champing at the bit to try and get back into the team. It's great when you have competition.

"It shows how hard we have worked to have an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from in the middle of February, which is fantastic for Richard Thomas, Mark Crossley and my medical staff after the hard work they have all put in since July."

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