MANSFIELD Town will once again have one eye on the weather forecasts as they prepare to head south for the long haul to Hereford United tomorrow (7.45pm).
The Stags will be hopeful of making it five successive away league wins against an 11th-placed Bulls side that have not won in their last eight games and are without a home win since beating Luton Town at Edgar Street on Tuesday, 6th November.
Reports from Hereford today suggested the pitch was currently in fine fettle. The city escaped the predicted heavy rain at the weekend and the snow was cleared from the pitch before it could thaw and flood.
However, the forecast tomorrow once again is heavy rain and Mansfield boss Paul Cox said: “We are waiting to see what condition the pitch will be in, but fingers crossed it will go ahead.
“We were set to train on Saturday morning but we had to cancel it due to the adverse weather. Everywhere was shut up and covered in snow.”
Stags had games last Tuesday and Saturday called off while Hereford have not played since 12th January when they drew 3-3 at home with Alfreton Town.
Central defender Exodus Geohaghon looked to have shaken off his hamstring strain when he came through 45 minutes of action in a midweek friendly last week and, if he comes through training today, he should be back in the travelling squad tomorrow.
Fellow centre half Ryan Tafazolli was due back in full training this week after injury while Ross Dyer, who has been ruled out for the season after sustaining a serious knee injury in the opening game, could be back running by next week, though would still not be ready to return until well into April.
The January window for permanent transfer deals closes at midnight on Thursday with Cox still hopeful of bringing in a new face or two.
However, he said: “Although I think we are very close, saying how close is like saying how long is a piece of string?
“Just when you think you are close to a deal, someone else comes in at the last minute. But there is no panic here.
“There is no point in jumping two-footed into the first signing coming round the corner. They need to be the right player with the right mindset. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know all of our squad is going to be called into play with so many matches ahead.
“We will have a number of players training with us this week for us to have a good look at them, some of whom are flying in.
“Once the window closes, we can still bring in players on emergency loan or who have been let go on frees.”