DEAN KEATES revealed Shaun Pearson is facing an extended spell on the sidelines due to the Wrexham skipper's on-going foot injury.

Pearson missed the start of the season after undergoing surgery but he returned to play in the final three games of 2020.

However the 31-year-old centre-back, who last featured in the 2-0 defeat at Stockport on December 28, is still having problems and is due to see a specialist.

"It is still a big concern," said Keates. "Shaun is seeing a specialist again and we will know a bit more then.

"It is still his foot. We have gone down the orthotics route just to offset the weight etc and it is settling down.

"We get somewhere at one point and then the niggle he has got in there just flares back up so all being well we can get a bit more clarity off the specialist."

There was good news regarding another centre-back, Theo Vassell, who has recovered from an ankle injury that has kept him out of Wrexham's last seven games and could be available for Saturday's clash with Wealdstone at The Racecourse.

"Theo is joining back in with the group over the next few days training fully," said Keates.

"I would expect him to be in the group at the weekend."

Keates will continue to assess Rob Lainton - also absent for the last seven matches - before deciding when the Reds' first choice goalkeeper will be available for selection.

"From the save he made against Chesterfield, he landed on his backside," said Keates.

"It settled down, he tried to do a bit and it swelled straight back up.

"He had a pocket of fluid in there, we managed to get it drained, he did a good light session on Monday and there was no reaction on Tuesday so he trained fully before the game.

"A little bit of fluid came back up so we will see if there is any reaction."