Preview: Macclesfield Town v Dagenham & Redbridge
Moss Rose, Saturday, August 6, kick-off 3pm.
Daggers boss John Still faces a selection headache as he takes his side to Macclesfield Town for the opening day of the new season.
Summer signing Luke Howell looks set for his debut, but is struggling for a central midfield partner with Peter Gain (hernia), Billy Bingham (ankle) and new signing Kevin Maher (foot) all ruled out.
Still hinted at a possible last-minute addition to fill the midfield void ahead of the trip to the Moss Rose, but is satisfied that his squad will be ready for their first game back in League Two.
“We’re looking at maybe bringing in one more on loan, hopefully in time for Saturday,” said the Daggers manager.
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“I feel the mix we have is good. We’ve brought in a couple of experienced players and some rough diamonds from non-league, as we always do.
“And other than the injuries we are fully prepared for the new season.”
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Damien Scannell will also be missing from the Daggers side on Saturday with a groin injury, but should be fit in time for next Saturday’s home match with AFC Wimbledon.
Arsenal keeper James Shea and former Yeovil forward Sam Williams may make their debuts, while Richard Rose hopes to be fit in time to play some part, having missed all three of Daggers home friendlies last week.
Macclesfield will be without their captain Paul Morgan. The 32-year-old central defender has been out since March with a broken arm and is not yet ready for a return.
Previous meeting: Saturday, October 24, 2009 - Macclesfield 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 2