ANDY BOOTH will miss Town’s opening pre-season friendly at Bury tomorrow.
But the stalwart striker should be available for Tuesday’s trip to AFC Emley.
Stan Ternent, who will take all the other 23 members of his senior squad to Gigg Lane, explained: “Boothy’s not injured as such.
“He has had an injection in his back to try to ease some aches which bothered him last season, and the medics suggested he took it easy until the procedure has had time to take effect.
“With five other friendlies, there’s no point in pushing him into anything, so Boothy will be back in training on Monday with a view to playing up at Emley.
“Other than that, we’ve no problems, and everyone else will be going over to Bury.”
Ternent, who says he is still targeting up to four further signings, added: “We’ve also got Gerry Murphy’s testimonial match (Town first team versus academy) up at Emley on Sunday, so over the weekend, all the lads should get a reasonable run-out.
“That’s the point of things at this stage – it’s about shaking off a bit of rust and taking the next step up after the training we’ve done so far. Winning’s good, but the result isn’t the be all and end all.”
It’s Town’s first trip to Gigg Lane since September 2003, when they went down 2-1 in a League II match.
And it marks a return to familiar territory for both manager Ternent, who bossed the Shakers between September 1995 and June 1998, and new Town captain Chris Lucketti, who played for Bury between October 1993 and June 1999.
League II Bury were 4-1 winners at Radcliffe Borough on Tuesday.