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Ebbsfleet United manager Liam Daish has injury worries ahead of Easter programme

Liam Daish
Liam Daish

By Luke Cawdell

Liam Daish is waiting on the fitness of three key players as Ebbsfleet United aim to emerge from the Easter weekend with their play-off position secured.

Ram Marwa, Ricky Shakes and Michael West all picked up injuries as Fleet swept aside fellow Blue Square Bet South play-off rivals Eastleigh last weekend.

A home game on Friday night against another play-off chasing team, Chelmsford, is followed by a trip to relegation-threatened Thurrock on Monday.

"We’ll assess those three players right up until the end," said Ebbsfleet boss Daish (pictured).

"Ricky Shakes came off just after he scored after feeling his hamstring, Ram Marwa felt a strain in his stomach area and Michael West came off with a calf injury. But the three lads that came on, Joe Howe, Giannoulis Fakinos and Jacob Erskin picked up the baton.

"There is lots to look forward to over the Easter period and we just want to keep winning games; we don’t want to stop.

"We want that winning mentality in the camp and there is still pressure on us to win.

"We’re at home to our local rivals on Friday and we’ll see where that takes us."

Fleet have won all four games so far this month and have not conceded a goal in their last three. It leaves them virtually home and dry for a play-off place.

"We want to head into the play-offs in form but that’s easier said than done," Daish said. "The confidence in the players is good and they can see something is being achieved from their endeavours.

"It’s all coming together at the moment and we’ll just keep reminding the players what it is all about but I’ve no problem with them, they’ve put in a lot of effort to get this far and we just need to make sure we carry it on."

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