FC UNITED ace Danny Warrender is ready to play again – less than two weeks after suffering a “mini-heart attack”.
The former Manchester City youth player was stabbed, along with his brother, outside a city centre nightclub following the Manchester derby.
He was kept in hospital overnight, and missed last weekend’s 4-2 defeat at Eastwood Town, along with fellow defender Simon Garner, who was ill.
Warrender’s stab wound was minor, but doctors told Warrender the shock of the incident had brought on a heart problem and he was advised to rest. He would probably have missed the midweek clash with Ashton United, which was postponed due to the Gigg Lane pitch being unfit.
But Warrender, who has been a key player since arriving at FC in August, is back in training and is expected to turn out at North Ferriby United tomorrow.
“Losing Danny and Simon was a blow at Eastwood,” says manager Karl Marginson (pictured).
“I’m not saying we would have beaten them if those two had played, but it meant we had to change the entire shape of the team.
“Having them back is massive for us, and the lads are raring to go.”
The Rebels will also welcome back fans’ favourite Jerome Wright, who missed the Eastwood clash after totting up five yellow cards, while midfielder Dave Neville is another player available again after suspension.
The Humberside outfit pose a major threat, with hulking former Scunthorpe centre forward Steve Torpey – not to be confuded with the former FC winger of the same name – forming a formidable partnership with Alex Davidson up front.