as reported by grimsbytelegraph.co.uk

Grimsby Town boss Michael Jolley insists Sam Russell is more than ready to play against his former club Forest Green tomorrow night.

In the aftermath of derby day defeat to Lincoln City – where James McKeown was handed a late red card – the Mariners resume their League Two charge at the New Lawn (7.45pm).

Russell played over 200 games across two spells with the Gloucestershire club.

The 36-year-old arrived at Blundell Park in the summer as a player/coach, and is now in line for his first league start in place of the suspended McKeown.

Jolley told Grimsby Live: “I’ve no worries at all. Sam is a goalkeeper with lots and lots of experience. He’s played a lot of games and will do a good job for us.

“He will be going back to his former club as well. He is ready to play tomorrow.”

James McKeown was shown a late red card during the Lincolnshire derby (Image: Jon Corken)

Harry Toffolo settled the scores in favour of the Imps on Saturday – firing through a sea of bodies with a well-struck volley on 12 minutes.

As the game wore on, McKeown was dismissed by Premier League referee Mike Dean for a challenge on Lincoln substitute Danny Rowe.

But the visitors remained competitive, even with ten men, before ultimately falling to a third straight League Two defeat.

Jolley, who made four changes to his starting XI against the Imps, added: “My players ran until the end and

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