JAMIE Vardy gave Fleetwood Town an anxious moment when he pulled up with a hamstring injury half an hour into yesterday’s behind-closed-doors friendly against Glasgow giants Rangers.
But the winger confirmed his early exit was purely precautionary and he fully expects to be available after suspension for Saturday’s home clash with Forest Green Rovers.
Yesterday’s Highbury match, which Rangers won 4-0, served several purposes for Town boss Micky Mellon, not least to give Vardy and midfielder Jamie McGuire a run-out after completing their three-match bans.
Gareth Seddon experimented with a plaster cast to protect his broken finger and there was more gametime for Nathan Pond, who captained the side, as he continues his comeback after ankle surgery.
Mellon said: “We have players coming back from suspension and injury, and we arranged the match to give them a run-out to ensure they are fit because we are coming up to a spell of five games in 14 days.
“Rangers don’t have a reserve league, so it was valuable for them as well.”
Vardy was quick to put everyone’s minds at rest afterwards, when he said: “I felt comfortable but I did feel a little tweak and so was brought off as a bit of a precuation. I’ve been training well to keep fitness up, so I should be fine for Saturday.”
The former Halifax flyer had scored five in three games prior to his red card against Kidderminster, and he reflected: “I don’t think the ref would have sent me off but for the melee afterwards. It was just one of those unlucky things.
“I want to keep my goal-scoring up. “It’s more important that the team win but it’s always nice to get a few goals for yourself.”
McGuire played the full 90 minutes yesterday and is relieved to have completed his suspension quickly.
The combative midfielder said: “I got the three games out of the way in one week, which is been better than three weeks.
“I’m feeling great and I’ve been training every day, but it’s good to get 90 minutes under my belt, especially against a team like Glasgow Rangers with four internationals in the side.
“We did well in the first half and used the ball well. We made a few silly mistakes but the boys have done well.” McGuire was playing down his hopes for an instant recall, saying: “It’s a winning team and the lads have done well against Braintree.”
Striker Danny Rowe was a substitute for Town yesterday and Mellon admitted he wished he had the on-loan striker available to him.
However, the teenager must remain on Droylsden’s books for the rest of the year under the terms of his loan deal.
Mellon added: “Given the injury situation, with Magno Vieira out for a while, I would probably have brought Danny back but he is on loan until Christmas.”
Fleetwood: St Louis-Hamilton, Pond, Ramm, Goodall, Willis, Hinds, McGuire, Seddon, S Brown, Hughes, Vardy; subs: Thewlis, Wynn, Cox, Ali, Redmond, Rowe, McAlpine
Rangers: Alexander, Broadfoot, McMillan, Hegarty, Weir, McCulloch, Bendiks, Fleck, McCabe, Kerkar, Ortiz; subs: Main, Mitchell, Wiktorski, Crawford, Gallagher