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Gomes Hoping To Shake Off Illness For Weekend

30 September 2021

Gomes still waiting to mark Alex debut after bout of illness.

Madger Gomes was a late withdrawal from the Crewe Alexandra squad on Tuesday evening after becoming the latest player to go down with illness. The midfielder travelled to Plymouth with the rest of the squad but was not considered after suffering with a sore throat ahead of the game.

The illness is not Covid related and was similar to what kept winger J’Neil Bennett and Terrell Thomas out of the Rotherham United game.

David Artell and the club’s medical department remain confident that the illness has been restricted and hasn’t spread through the camp.

Gomes is yet to make his Crewe debut after signing from Doncaster Rovers ahead of the summer transfer deadline. The former Leeds and Liverpool man has worked hard on hit fitness levels following his release from the Keepmoat Stadium at the end of the last campaign.

Artell told “Madger had flu like symptoms and got steadily worse on the day. He had a sore throat and we weren’t going to risk him being around the squad. We got him as far away as we could and made arrangements for him to travel back separately from the squad.

“It is not Covid related and is similar to what J’Neil and Terrell had last week. I’ve spoken to the club doctor and it seems it is flu season again. He has told me that there are one or two things going around again. That is a community thing and we have to be mindful of that.

The boss added: “We will have to see with Madger and if he is well enough to train tomorrow. I am sure he is on the road to recovery. We have given the players an extra day off because of the travelling undertaken to play Plymouth and we will see how everyone is again tomorrow ahead of the weekend.”

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