Reserves outing as Diamond aims to prove fitness

Mansfield Town vs Middlesborough - Zander Diamond - Pic By James Williamson
Mansfield Town vs Middlesborough - Zander Diamond - Pic By James Williamson

Mansfield Town skipper Zander Diamond is hoping to prove his fitness in tomorrow’s opening Central League reserves game away to Rotherham United.

Stags will send a strong side to face the Millers at Parkgate’s ground (2pm) and, if Diamond comes through, will have a fully fit squad for the first time this season ahead of Saturday’s visit of Grimsby Town.

Centre half Diamond has recovered from a slight strain and assistant boss Paul Raynor admitted: “We could have pushed Zander into service at the weekend.

“But he’d only had one full training session. “Obviously with the ability and quality we’ve got in these areas we are not going to take a risk with anybody.

“He has trained this morning and will probably have a run out in the reserves tomorrow just to make everything is fine and to top his game time up.

“That will be the case for a few of the guys. It will be an experienced squad that goes to Rotherham tomorrow and they will all be looking to put positive thoughts into the manager’s mind before Saturday.

“The previous manager here didn’t really use the senior players in these games, but we have always liked to play a strong squad and keep the game time up there. That is important to us.”