Stags won’t rule out returning pair for Notts derby

Mansfield Town's Jack Thomas. Picture by Dan Westwell

Mansfield Town's Jack Thomas. Picture by Dan Westwell

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Although midfielder Jack Thomas and centre half Kyle Howkins have only just returned to full training at Mansfield Town this week, boss Adam Murray said he wasn’t ruling out either of them being involved in Saturday’s big home local derby with Notts County (12.15pm).

Murray said both were much fitter than fans may realise, saying: “They are very close, they are both back in training.

“The boys that played Tuesday performed exceptionally and there are some decisions to be made. We will have a look over the next two days and decide.

“They are both fit. Obviously Kyle has done a lot of his rehab at West Brom. Being a Premiership outfit they’ve got a bit better resources than us.”

On Thomas, he added: “Jack has been a long one – he’s been three months. But the way Jack is, it’s like having a new player in the camp.

“He looks stronger, he looks fitter and he’s from Mansfield, so you don’t get much bigger days for him do you?”