Callum Ainley’s encouraging performance for the club’s Under-23s against Sheffield Wednesday at the Weaver Stadium could enhance his chances of being involved at first-team level this week. Crewe have two home games coming up against Doncaster Rovers and Burton Albion and Ainley’s return to fitness and form will be a welcome boost.
Ainley was on the score sheet and won a penalty that was converted by Regan Griffiths, in the 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. The attacking-midfield has not featured at first team level since November after picking up a serious hamstring injury in the early stages of our FA Cup tie against Cheltenham Town.
Crewe Alexandra’s assistant manager, Kenny Lunt told us: “Callum did well for the Under-23s and he looked like a first team player. We had a few like that but he stood out playing with the younger ones trying to make it through.
“He scored a goal and won the penalty for Regan to score. He looked sharp throughout the game, especially in the second half.
“We will see how he is before we decide if he will be involved this week. He is coming along really nicely and worked really hard to get back ahead of schedule and it will be nice to have him available for selection again.”