Thelwell Injury Nightmare Continues

The 23-year-old made only his 9th start since signing from Spurs in the summer at Darlington two weeks ago after recovering from a foot injury. However, he tore a groin muscle at the Reynolds Arena and will be out for a month. Richard Hinds will continue to deputise.

Meanwhile, John Anderson was hoping to return from a calf injury in this evening's reserve game against Bradford. However, the Church Road pitch is waterlogged so it's been called off. Anderson will have to wait til next Wednesday's fixture against Huddersfield to put himself in the shop window. Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock are rumoured to be interested in signing the former Morton and Livingstone centre back on a free transfer, while the injury has also halted Bury taking him on loan.

Elsewhere, star defender Damien Delaney is being tipped for an international call-up by the Republic of Ireland.