Last updated : 19 February 2002 By Jonathan Hall

The number of causalities on the injured list is starting to alleviate. It seems certain individuals have put their injury problems behind them, and can now focus on battling it out for a first team place.


The Imps' defensive department is looking less depleted, now that Paul Morgan, Stuart Bimson and Mark Bailey have returned to fitness, after recovering from their respective injuries. Now that the trio have overcome their spate of niggling problems, they can hopefully combine with Grant Brown to settle together as a steady back four.


In terms of who has returned, Richard Logan is most notable. The experienced centre back, who has been out for more than a year, after suffering a serious back injury (prolapsed disc), made his return to City's squad on Saturday. The tough tackling stalwart was introduced as a late substitute, replacing Grant Brown against Oxford.


Jason Barnett (groin) and Steve Holmes (knee) are still sidelined however.


Holmesy went in for an operation on his knee on Thursday, which was successfully undertaken. Whereas, Barnett is making slow progress with a groin injury – the full back did not even figure in the Imps reserve outing to Doncaster on the 14th of February.


Kingsley Black is still struggling with tweaked knee ligaments, which forced him to miss City's 2-1 defeat at Oxford over the weekend. He is expected to return to fitness over the coming week, putting him back in contention for a return to action.


Paul Smith managed a full 90 minutes for the reserves in midweek, which is a tremendous achievement for the player and a fantastic boost for the manager. There are no other injuries to write home about concerning the midfield.


Up front, Tony Battersby is almost 100% fit following a slight hamstring strain which has been bothering him since sustaining the injury a couple of weeks ago.


Planet Imp will be keeping track on the fitness and condition of all City players. Updates will be given in the coming week on the progress of certain players.