Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis expects to have more players available for Posh trip

Crewe Guardian: Alex are on the mend Alex are on the mend

STEVE Davis expects Crewe’s injury woes to ease ahead of their trip to play-off hopefuls Peterborough United.

Both Anthony Grant and Brad Inman are expected to shake off knocks as the Alex target an upset on Saturday.

Having lost eight first-teamers prior to last weekend’s 1-1 home draw with Swindon Town, things grew worse when Inman (hip) lasted just 25 minutes.

Grant (foot) missed training this week but the midfield duo should be back to figure against a top six side who have lost two on the bounce.

George Evans, Abdul Osman and AJ Leitch-Smith may also travel alongside on-loan striker Uche Ikpeazu.

“We’ve got Grant, he took a knock but should be ok and we’ll see how it goes with Brad,” explained Davis.

“We should have three or four back and we need them.

“A good percentage of those out would be playing in the team, but it’s not a problem we have often here.

“We’ve had a good record keeping them out of the treatment room over the last couple of years.”

In line for an improved contract, Ben Garratt will continue between the sticks as Fulham stopper Neil Etheridge (thigh) struggles with another setback.

“We’ve got four loans in and we won’t look to do anymore,” added Davis.

“What we need to do is get them all fit.

“It’s the second setback Neil has had with this “The physio says we’re looking at two to three weeks.

“We can bring another keeper in if we want to but at moment we’ll stay with Ben.”

Davis believes there is more to come from Middlesbrough winger Cameron Park, who replaced Inman against Swindon.

Fellow sub Billy Waters has also won the backing of the boss.

“Cameron has got some skill and quality,” added Davis “The intensity of the games won’t be what he is used to but he’ll get up to speed and there is more to come.

“I’ve been the main one that has backed Billy, others have scratched their heads.

“I’m 99 per cent sure that he’s going to be decent and I have to back my judgement by putting him in the side.

“I’m not sure he is ready physically for a start but as an impact player he can make a different because he can score and make a goal.”

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