UPDATED: Clean bill of health for Hatters as they head to Nuneaton

Luton have virtually a clean bill of health for when they travel to Liberty Way to take on high-flying Nuneaton Town on Saturday, writes Mark Wood.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 20th February 2014, 2:00 pm
L14-187 LTFC v Hereford at Kenilworth road, Luton 7:0 win
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Mpanzu Goal 4
L14-187 LTFC v Hereford at Kenilworth road, Luton 7:0 win Mike Simmonds JR 8 15.2.14 Mpanzu Goal 4

On-loan Norwich City midfielder Cameron McGeehan has recovered from the hyper-extended elbow he suffered in Saturday’s 7-0 thrashing of Hereford United, while Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu has suffered no ill effects from rolling his ankle in the first half.

Assistant manager Terry Harris, filling in for boss John Still who was having a check-up at the hospital, revealed Town were in good shape for the weekend at today’s press conference.

On Still, he said: “He’s fine. He had to go back to the hospital today just to have a check-up.

“He’s fine, he’ll be back on parade tomorrow, ready to go on Saturday.”

Luton had initially feared the worst when McGeehan went down against the Bulls at the weekend, as Harries continued: “When he first went down, I think the shout from the dugout was that it looked quite bad really.

“But I think he just hyper-extended his elbow really rather than anything else.

“He’s just iced it and he’s fine. He trained today and he’s fine.

“Apart from that no other injuries, apart from obviously Danny Fitzsimons who’s long term and Smudger who you may well have seen walking round the ground on Saturday, which was a delight because he is actually walking now unaided.”

But other than their long-term injured, Town are fighting fit.

“No nothing at all at the moment, everybody seems to be fine,” said Harris.

“We’ve been a little bit limited, obviously because of the conditions from the training area, so we played an in-house game on a 4G astropitch yesterday really for the ones that haven’t been playing.

“Because in the past we’ve played a lot of the friendly games midweek, it’s been difficult to get games under us.

“So we had to play in-house and everybody is fine and everybody is fine from last Saturday as well.”

Back on his feet, Smith will now be following his team-mates with interest in person as the season reaches its crescendo.

And Harris believes that shows the togetherness they have fostered within the squad.

He added: “We’ve always worked on this team ethic really, if one gets kicked we all limp so to speak.

“And Smudger has highlighted that, he’s part of the squad. He may not be playing at this moment in time, but he had an input prior to his injury and he’s a very, very important part of the squad and we keep trying to get across to the players that it’s a team game and you have to be a solid unit.

“That’s not only the players, it’s the staff and the girls that do the food and the people at the club and everything really.

“We just need to pull everything together and be strong and solid. And sometimes you are only as strong as your weakest link and we need to make that really strong.”