DEAN KEATES doesn't know what it's like to have a full complement of players this season - even for training sessions - as Wrexham's stop-start season continues because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Injuries are part and parcel of football but adhering to Covid-19 protocols means that Keates has been short of bodies when preparing for National League games.

But although he is frustrated to see another two Reds' games postponed because of two positive cases at The Racecourse, Keates insists people's health is more important that football.

"It is hard like it is for everybody else in any walk of life," said Keates. "We have only had a fully fit squad for two days since we started back.

"Shaun Pearson had his operation early on, we got him back and everybody was fit and available, but through protocols with somebody waking up, coughing, sore throat, temperature or anything, they have had to stay away.

"It is frustrating but it is the sign of the times that we are in. We just have to try and be adaptable.

"Leading up to Christmas, we scheduled ourselves an 11 v 11 game in-house.

"Everybody was fit the day before and you walk in the day after following the tests we had, and we were down to 11 players.

"You go from a 22 player training session down to 11 so it is frustrating but it is happening in all walks of life and everybody's health is the most important thing."