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Injured duo await scan results

19 October 2017

Stags' boss Steve Evans hopes to be the recipient of some positive injury news this afternoon as he prepares his squad for Saturday's trip to Newport County.

Winger Paul Anderson and defender David Mirfin pulled up with respective back and hamstring issues on Tuesday night at Barnet and the pair are due to learn the results of scans this afternoon.

And with Stags' next Sky Bet League Two fixture against the Exiles just two days away, the manager is hopeful of having the aforementioned duo on the training ground later today.

"Hopefully Anderson and David Mirfin, we've sent both for a scan, we'll see where they are but we're hopeful both will come in today and we'll get them on the training ground if we can," the Stags' chief said.

"You're always hopeful until the scan tells you [otherwise]. Dan [Kett, head physio] has given us a prognosis.

"Paul Anderson had a little back spasm, so had to come out of the warm-up and David just felt the top end of his hamstring, just before his buttock.

"We have to literally just see where the scans are. Both lads are seemingly pain-free but that doesn't always tell you what the situation is inside the body."

"We have to literally just see where the scans are. Both lads are seemingly pain-free but that doesn't always tell you what the situation is inside the body."

Steve Evans, manager

Meanwhile, the gaffer revealed that winger Alfie Potter has now returned to full fitness, whilst midfielder Joel Byrom has started taking part in training.

"Alfie's fit; there are no excuses with Alfie. We just felt to train Friday and train Monday, would he have been ready enough to go into a team that had to work so hard after the poor, poor showing at the weekend before? Alfie's in contention; I'm looking forward to seeing him on the training ground.

"Joel Byrom's been on the training ground since Monday/Tuesday, so I'm hopeful that I'll see Joel training today. We'll leave that to the medical department; I've often said, you don't put good people in the medical department and make their decisions for them.

"Joel is almost close to full training now, he's back in with the group. That probably takes you a week away [from being in contention]. Zander [Diamond] will hopefully be back in training next week."

Stags face a Newport side on Saturday who currently occupy a Sky Bet League Two play-off place and the former Leeds United boss wants his players to give supporters 'a good away day' in South Wales.

"Hopefully we'll get 11 players on the pitch at Newport and they'll all work as hard as they can and we'll give our supporters a good away day, like we did at Lincoln.

"They've signed some good players. They've signed another one this week; Paul Hayes has just joined them.

"They play in a system which is difficult to compete against and the fans down there get right behind them. I think that started even last season, when they looked doomed. It's going to be difficult."

After being drawn against Evo-Stik Premier League side Shaw Lane AFC in the Emirates FA Cup First Round, the boss believes his side will have to be on their mettle to avoid any potential cup upset.

"Shaw Lane, we didn't know much about, but when the draw gets made, you quickly do an analysis. They've got good players; they've got young man called David Norris, ex-Leeds United. I sold him to Bolton after finding him on a park pitch in Peterborough and sold him for a lot of money.

"They've got good investment up there, for the level, and we're looking forward to it. It's going to be tough; they're the underdogs. I've been the underdogs looking forward to bigger teams coming and I've always fancied my chances, and they will."

Supporters will be able to view the manager's news conference on iFollow Stags later this afternoon.

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