Dagenham & Redbridge: Darren Currie gives injury update ahead of Barrow opener
PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 August 2017
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Daggers assistant revealed injury list is shortening as Essex club prepare to begin National League season at home on Saturday
Darren Currie has revealed Dagenham & Redbridge have almost a full bill of health ahead of the start of the new National League campaign on Saturday.
Just last week, Daggers boss John Still said no less than four players faced a race against time to be fit to face Barrow this weekend.
One man who was missed off that list, though, was midfielder Luke Howell, though he made his first pre-season appearance at Folkestone on Monday.
Ahead of the visit of the Bluebirds, it seems that only doubts remain over skipper Scott Doe, winger Dan Sparkes, and Howell, who had an operation over the summer.
Right-back Ben Nunn was previously expected to miss the opening game of the season with a broken hand, but looks set to be in contention for selection come Saturday.
Midfielder Charlee Adams, meanwhile, made his first appearance of pre-season for Daggers in the 2-0 loss at home to League Two side Stevenage on Saturday.
With the injury list shortening, assistant manager Currie knows that bodes well for the Essex club going forward.
And while he admits there are a couple of players boss John Still would have liked to have given more game time to in pre-season, Currie feels Daggers will start the new league campaign in a strong position.
“The only couple of players we’d like to have got a few more minutes into are ‘Doey’, who is on his way back from a small operation, and Dan,” Currie told the club website.
“That aside, we’re entering the season full prepared with everyone available.
“We’re ready and we’ll naturally get sharper and better as games go by, but as a group in terms of our fitness levels, we’re in a good place.”
Daggers will want to get their season off a to a good start this weekend, much like they did on their return to the National League 12 months ago.
The Essex club cruised to a 3-0 win at home to Southport with goals from Fejiri Okenabirhie, Luke Guttridge and Jordan Maguire-Drew.
It may be tough to match that score this time around against a Barrow side who finished seventh last term.
However, it would set Daggers up perfectly for their first away day of the season when they make the trip to Boreham Wood on Tuesday.
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