THE two-week gap between games could not have come at a better time for captain Shaun Pearson.

Wrexham, beaten 2-1 by fellow strugglers Aldershot Town last Saturday, are not in action this weekend due to the Reds’ FA Trophy exit.

Dean Keates’ side return to action next Saturday when they continue their bid to avoid relegation against Woking at The Racecourse, with the 20th placed Reds currently two points above the drop zone.

Pearson, who has missed the last two games due to a rib problem, hopes the break has done him the world of good and the centre-back will be fighting fit for the visit of the Cards.

“It’s my ribs but I have been to hospital and it shouldn’t be too long,” said Pearson.

“I am hoping these two weeks will help.

“There are a couple of other bits that I have been able to sort out in the time I have been out injured.

“I needed a couple of injections so I am hoping to come back pain-free for the first time in quite a while.

“The break between games has worked well and hopefully it will help me, and I will be fighting fit for the Woking game.”

Pearson was named in the side for the New Year’s Day clash away to Chorley but had to pull-out during the warm-up, and the centre-back also missed the Shots defeat.

Although he has previously played through the pain barrier, Pearson says it would not have been fair on his team-mates if he had soldiered on at Victory Park.

“I am an honest person,” added Pearson. “If I feel like I can play, I will play.

“I am not far off 600 games and you don’t get to that at 30 years old if you have not played through a few niggles.

“On New Year’s Day I went out to do the warm-up and just knew straight away that the person who wasn’t playing would be better than me because I wasn’t fit to play.

“You have just got to be honest and do the best thing for the team sometimes, and that was the best thing for the team at the time.”

Another centre-back, Doug Tharme, has returned to The Racecourse following his loan spell with Tamworth.