The Week's Snippets
*Matt Tootle and Calvin Zola have both been cleared fit for Saturday's trip to Burton.
Toots showed no reaction to a hamstring injury that had kept him out for two weeks prior to the weekend win over Bury. He is now set to continue at right back having dislodged Mat Mitchel-King.
Zola, meanwhile, has trained fine despite being replaced by Nick Powell on 70 minutes last Saturday. The big Congolese striker looked to have done some damage when Steven Schumacher went in high on a tackle, which ultimately got the former Alex midfielder sent off. Thankfully though Zola didn't need treatment and should also be in the side at the Pirelli.
* A fairly strong Crewe Alex reserve side drew 2-2 in a friendly with Wrexham on Tuesday. The likes of Mat Mitchel-King, Nick Powell and Joel Grant all got a run out.
Byron Moore and Jordan Connerton both netted for the Alex but Wrexham kept fighting back and goals from former Alex striker Gareth Taylor and trialist Mathias Pogba secured a draw.
Team that faced Wrexham: Bartek Fogler, Mat Mitchel-King, Harry Davis, Lewis Short, Joel Grant, Antoni Sarcevic, Kelvin Mellor, AJ Leitch-Smith, Nick Powell, Byron Moore, Danny Maguire, Danny Ting, Jordan Connerton
* Dario has revealed that summer signings Jordan Connerton and Antoni Sarcevic are not ready for first team football. Both arrived from the depths of the non-league, Connerton from Lancaster and Sarcevic from Woodley Sports, and, whilst Connerton is a regular on the bench, neither have made their professional debut as yet.
Speaking to the Crewe Chronicle, Dario said that, if anything, Connerton has gone backwards since arriving:
"Jordan he has gone backwards - but they often do when they come from non-league, it`s no surprise.
"They come here full of expectation and then realise what it is they don`t know and how much they have to make up.
"Don`t forget it took Luke Varney a couple of years to make it, although I hope Jordan will come along quicker than that."
Finally, it seems Lee Bell has given himself a new nickname. After impressing so much since his summer return, team mate Luke Murphy revealed about Bell:
'I'm enjoying playing with Belly and Westy. Lee sweeps up at the back so well he's been joking that he's the white Claude Makelele.'
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