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Business as usual for Micky Cummins ahead of Saturday

By Dan Simmonite | 4th February 2021

Assistant-manager Micky Cummins has said that the team can only control what they can as they go into Saturday’s game against Alfreton Town preparing as usual.

He said: “We are just preparing for the game Saturday and trying to keep them (the players) focused – there is a lot of outside noise and the lads are going to be looking on social media.

“We are getting in the mindset that we are playing Saturday, we’ve been given the travel details, the bus will be picking us up from Bootham – the same as usual. We are trying to keep everything the same as it would normally be.

“It’s about keeping the normality about the building so we are focused and have our heads on for Saturday and that’s all we can do.

“We’ve had probably a longer break than most with the breakout before the close down so they are keen and eager to get going again.”

City have trained full time throughout the two week break in the National League and have used the situation to get the squad back up to full capacity.

Harry Bunn is back from injury and has trained with the team this week as well as Owen Gamble and both players are expected to be ready for the weekend. Akil Wright, Harry Spratt and Gabby McGill will be assessed closer to the time after minor injuries in training.

Cummins added: “They will be looking to push for a place Saturday – certainly.

“They’ve been in seven days a week, doing their rehab and doing stuff at home. They joined in training this week.

“With the extended break and the mini pre-season there has been a couple of niggles but a couple of positives in others coming back as well.

“There have been minor muscle injuries but touch wood they won’t be too long.

“The only long term one is Josh King but he’s been straight line running this week so he will probably be a week or two away.”

Striker Jason Gilchrist joined on a one-month loan from South Shields a couple of weeks ago and his deal could be extended further dependant on the league situation.

“Conversations have happened with the Manager and their Manager and they are happy for when we do restart for an extension to be put in for Jason,” said Cummins.

“He’s looked sharp, he’s looked good and complimented the group really well. He’s fitted in with ease – I think he knew a few of the lads prior to coming here so he’s done very well.”

The 26-man squad will cause positive headaches for the management team in their first eleven selection with most players fit and ready to stake a claim for this season and beyond.

“We’ve had some very good, thought-provoking sessions with loads of discussions going on,” said Cummins.

“There’s lads still out there doing [extra] work on their own and in their individual little groups so it’s nice to see. They seem to be enjoying being back and they are in a privileged position, still in jobs and have a fantastic Chairman looking after them.

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