"It's not for anything they have done in a bad way, it's just to be fair to them," Grimsby caretaker boss Neil Woods told the club's official website. "I think I need to be fair to the players that we've got here first.
"They've been a little bit of a victim of circumstances in the last two weeks. They are not going to get into the 18 and I don't think it's fair to keep them here. They both understand the situation."