DEAN KEATES says his players are showing their commitment to the cause both on and off the pitch.

Wrexham go into tomorrow's home game against Aldershot Town with skipper Shaun Pearson - yet to play this season and still recovering from foot surgery - missing again.

Despite being sidelined, Pearson made the long midweek trip to the north-east and saw his team-mates register a hard-fought 1-0 win against Hartlepool.

The games are coming thick and fast but although Keates can't wait to have Pearson available again, his captain is still as influential as ever playing a watching brief.

"It is going to be relentless but we have only got two mid-term casualties within the group in Shaun and Mark Carrington," said Keates.

"They will be another couple of weeks.

"When we get them two back, two proper pros who drive the standards high, that will be great.

"Shaun came to Hartlepool showing passion, it means a lot to him, and it will be great to get him back out there soon, and the same with Carra."

And Pearson's commitment was mirrored by a player, who Keates refused to name, making himself available against Hartlepool despite suffering a nasty injury in last Friday's training session.

"One or two played with niggles," said Keates.

"We had a bit of a Friday 13th absolute horror show if I am honest, a collision, and one of my players played at Hartlepool with seven stitches in his shin.

"He got himself stitched up and told me: 'I will be fit for Tuesday'. Knowing the character I brought into the club, I wasn't surprised, and he played at Hartlepool.

"He got a whack on it and is in pain but he'll go again against Aldershot."