Date: 11th February 2016 at 7:45pm
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These survival hopes, as Fleetwood battle against relegation back into League 2, have been dealt a blow with the news Nathan Pond will be missing for up to two-months as the injury crisis Steven Pressley is faced with just got worse!

Pond was forced off in the draw with Shrewsbury at the weekend with a thigh problem likely to see the captain miss most of what is left of the season, which is a major blow to the Cod Army hopes with Joe Davis also sidelined.

Jimmy Ryan and Eggert Jonsson are set to miss Port Vale as is Antoni Sarcevic, who only has an outside chance of being fit. David Henen has gone back to parent club Everton for treatment on his hamstring as his likely to be out for four-weeks.

Such are these injury problems Marcus Nilsson was thrust in for a quicker than anticipated debut when he came on for Pond.

The 27-year-old, former Swedish international, looks as though he’ll be needed again this weekend with him talking about what he feels Fleetwood need to avoid relegation also telling Fleetwood Today he was happy to be involved but disappointed not to get the win.

‘It’s good to play football again. It’s just disappointing we didn’t get three points on Sunday. We didn’t play good enough and the chances we were producing weren’t enough. A point is good but we want to win games. We didn’t do that. We need to get some three points. Unfortunately we didn`t manage that on Saturday but it needs to happen.’

That appearance, his first in over two-months wasn’t expected but he’s looking for more, which is why he came to England with a first start at Vale Park possible? In fact probable.

He feels his fitness levels, having seen the Swedish season end in November, are good he just needs to blow away the cobwebs and get used to the English game, adding.

‘You need time to get back into it, with the timing and the ball touch and everything like that. I hope I can get a run now. I’ve come here to play. That’s what I want. My fitness level is good. I’ve been training quite hard by myself over the last few months. But it’s all about playing football. I need to play games and coming to the level here I just need to play.’

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