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Grant could miss Cheshire derby
Published : 27 Dec 2009 16:19:48
Grant had to be withdrawn 10 minutes from the end of the 2-2 home draw against league leaders Rochdale on Boxing Day after sustaining a knock. It means that caretaker manager Dario Gradi could be forced to change his starting line-up for the first time in five matches. Should that be the case, Byron Moore - Grant's replacement against Rochdale - could keep the shirt and make his first start since mid-November. Gradi was able to include Steve Schumacher and Shaun Miller for the first time in a month against Rochdale and the midfielder and striker are expected to be named among the substitutes once more at Moss Rose. Meanwhile, Gradi has tipped his side to make the play-offs after they twice came from behind to snatch a point against Dale on Saturday. Gradi's men dominated from the off but needed goals from Ashley Westwood and Matt Tootle to cancel out second-half strikes from Craig Dawson and Kallum Higginbotham at Gresty Road. Gradi said: "If we play like that every week then the play-offs are a reality for us now. "I thought they might have been a few weeks ago but I wasn't sure if we were too frail mentally and at the front and the back but we are getting better all the time now. "I said to the lads before this game that we would find out if we were good enough to get up there and we have proved that we are. I think they are beginning to believe it and so am I now. "It's a long time since I have seen a game as good as that. It was football being played the way it should be - it's not war, it's a game of skill."