Grant McCann was able to reflect on a positive week for Rovers as numerous players edged closer to returns from injury.
Rovers played a behind-closed-doors game at Harrogate Town in midweek with Richard Wood and James Maxwell both featuring for more than 60 minutes as they continue their comebacks while players such as Jon Taylor and Billy Waters further built up their match fitness.
“It’s been a good week for us,” McCann told the media ahead of the clash with Stockport County. “We’ve managed to get a good training load into the players, with the game at Harrogate and on the training ground.
“It’s been a positive week in terms of that. It was disappointed to hear the game had been called off last week but it’s given us an opportunity to work on Saturday and into this week as well.
“We’ve had the chance to work with the players coming back to fitness.”
Alongside Wood and Maxwell, there has been positive news on both Jamie Sterry and Jack Senior, who have missed the last few matches through minor injuries.
And McCann believes the health of his squad has never been better this season.
“We have pleasing news on the injury front - it’s the best we’ve been all season, at this moment in time,” he said.
“It’s been that good that we’ve had to create a different group on the training ground. When I say that, I mean that we work with 20 outfield players and there’s another group of four or five working on another pitch because we can’t fit them all in when we’re working on the opposition.
“That’s how strong we are now. We feel like we’re getting players back.
“Richard Wood and James Maxwell came back on Tuesday. Jamie Sterry and Jack Senior were back on the grass on Thursday,
“In between that we’ve lost Bobby Faulkner who twisted his ankle in training with nobody around him. It’s not too severe and he could be back in three or four weeks.
“Apart from Bobby and the long term ones, the squad is definitely stronger - and looks a lot stronger than when we went to Stockport when we had some young players on the bench.
“The difference that day I felt were the changes off the Stockport bench, which possibly won them the game at the end.”