Boss Paul Hurst hints at instant Shrewsbury return for Dean Henderson
Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst has paved the way for a return to action for Dean Henderson at Fleetwood tonight.
Henderson will battle it out with Craig MacGillivray for the No.1 spot in Hurst’s set-up against the Cod Army after returning from a three-match suspension.
The on-loan Manchester United man was charged for improper conduct after reacting to objects thrown at him by Blackburn supporters in January’s defeat.
Hurst admits that MacGillivray understands Henderson’s importance and recognises his quality.
He said: “I think Craig has understood what a talent Dean can be and has been in general.
“I wouldn’t say he will take it badly. They get on extremely well. They’ve been there for each other. It’s part and parcel of being a goalkeeper, I don’t see any issue if I do decide to go with Dean.”
MacGillivray has impressed while deputising, keeping a clean sheet as Town enjoyed wins at Portsmouth and Bristol Rovers with him in goal before Saturday’s Plymouth defeat.
Hurst has no other fresh injury concerns ahead of second-placed Shrews’ trip to Highbury Stadium.
The boss backs his side to produce another response after a disappointing display.
“The season to date suggests there is no reason why they should get down,” he said. “If you’re at the top end of the league confidence should be good. Apart from a couple of swear words at themselves they’ll be ready for the next one.”