Crawley Town defender McNerney on the comeback trail

Joe McNerney gave away a first half penalty.
Joe McNerney gave away a first half penalty.

Crawley Town defender Joe McNerney could be close to returning to the league squad after he was given a run-out in the Sussex Senior Cup against Bognor Regis Town at Lancing on Tuesday night.

The former Woking centre-back had been a regular starter for Dermot Drummy’s side this season but had been sidelined for the last three league matches through injury.

But he came through the first half unscathed and was taken off the 3G pitch at half-time and replaced by Josh Lelan.

However this was as a precaution due to the unusual surface they were playing on rather than due to any further injury set-back.

Speaking to the Crawley Observer at his press conference, head coach Dermot Drummy said he will wait until training has been completed on Friday before making decisions on who will play against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

He said: “Joe played 45 minutes because the astroturf can take a toll on muscular injuries, because he had an (hamstring) injury, it was more preventative to just play him for 45 minutes. But it was fine.”