Big freeze means heat is on as Crewe Alexandra face manic schedule
STEVE Davis admits Crewe will have their powers of recovery tested when they face a manic few weeks caused by the frost and snow.
The Alex will be left needing to play eight first-team matches in February once their postponed game against MK Dons from Saturday is rescheduled.
It is a month which will shape their season – but also stretch a young squad where fringe players are also needed to help fulfil three under-21s fixtures.
Manager Davis said: "We would have liked the MK Dons game to be on, especially after winning in mid-week, to keep the momentum going. We already have a backlog of games and here is another one to fit in.
"We have a decent sized squad, but we will have to be lucky in terms of injuries and hope everyone recovers quickly for each game."
The Railwaymen are only three points behind MK Dons in sixth, and face play-off rivals the Dons, Coventry, Brentford and Bournemouth (twice) in the coming weeks.
A two-legged Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern final against Coventry also awaits.
Keeper Alan Martin (ankle) is the only man in the treatment room right now, but he hopes to be involved at Bournemouth next Saturday.