Shrewsbury Town today completed a double loan signing ahead of tomorrow’s League One clash with Swindon Town.
Town boss Graham Turner has swooped to bring in Shropshire-born defender Lee Collins on a one-month deal from Barnsley, while striker Sam Winnall has joined from Wolves.
Both players go straight into the Shrewsbury squad for tomorrow’s visit of Paolo Di Canio’s side.
Graham Turner said he was pleased with the addition of Shropshire-born Collins – who he managed at Hereford – given that Town were today dealt a blow with the news that left-back Joe Jacobson is facing a long spell on the sidelines.
Turner said: “Joe Jacobson has turned his ankle. It looks like he’s going to be out for four to six weeks.
“We were looking to strengthen the squad and Joe’s injury has made it a bit more injury.
“Lee is a player I know well from Hereford. He played 16 games for us at Hereford when we got promoted into League One.
“He can play anywhere across the back four, he’s a good defender and a good pro.”
Jacobson suffered an ankle injury in an accidental collision in training and will begin a lengthy spell on the sidelines for tomorrow’s home clash with Swindon.
“Unfortunately, Joe picked up a nasty looking injury during training in an accidental collision,” said physio Chris Skitt.
“He twisted his ankle quite severely and will subsequently miss four to six weeks of action.
“Injury is part and parcel of football and I’m sure Joe will work really hard to get himself back as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, captain Matt Richards has urged his side to match last season’s home victory over Swindon – a 2-1 success in August – when the sides renew battle tomorrow.
The game has been given extra intrigue with last season’s leading scorer James Collins making his first return to the Greenhous Meadow.
“James is a good player and scored a lot of goals last year which is why they wanted him and paid money for him,” said Richards.
“They’ve got a good squad and a lot of strength in depth so we will have to be on our toes and work as hard as we can.
“But we’ve equally got some great players in the whole squad, not just the first XI, and we will certainly be looking for the three points.”
Shrewsbury’s last clash with Swindon ended in controversy with Town denied a penalty for a foul on Terry Gornell when leading 1-0.
Swindon turned the February clash around to win 2-1 and went on to lift the League One title by just five points as both sides clinched promotion.