LEADING scorer Paul Mullin will be given another breather this weekend but Phil Parkinson is set to name a strong side as he uses the Trophy tie as ideal preparation for Wrexham's return to league action.

Mullin, top of the charts with 12 goals, won't face Folkestone Invicta in the fourth round clash at The Racecourse as the club attempts to get to the bottom of the striker's hamstring injury.

Harry Lennon serves a one-game following his red card in the 3-1 defeat at Notts County on January 2 but the centre-back wouldn't have featured either due to a back problem.

Wrexham, without a game last weekend, will have gone three weeks without a National League fixture when they head to Yeovil on Saturday January 22 so Parkinson knows the clash with Isthmian League Premier Division outfit Folkestone is a good opportunity to give his players valuable minutes.

"We didn't play last Saturday, this is a game where we can work to get everyone ready for the forthcoming fixtures," said Parkinson.

"Mulls and Harry Lennon will be out for this one.

"Mulls has got this on-going issue with his hamstring and Harry has had to another injection in his back, which we hope has done the trick for him because he has been in quite a bit of discomfort, so they will be missing.

"We have got a busy week the following week and we have got to get the players up to speed with 90 minutes in as many of the players' legs as possible."

On Mullin's on-going injury, Parkinson added: "It has been a bit frustrating because we have found it difficult to get to the bottom of his problem despite a couple of scans etc.

"We have still got nine days before the next league game so it gives Mulls plenty of time to hopefully come back in good shape for Yeovil."

A number of fringe players got a much needed run-out as Wrexham lost 4-1 against Burton Albion in a practice match on Tuesday.

"We played Christian Dibble, Dan Jones, Tyler French, Shaun Brisley, Jamie Reckord, Cameron Green, Dave Jones, Devonte Redmond, Liam McAlinden, Dan Jarvis and Dior Angus," added Parkinson.

"A lot of those players really did need a game for various reasons.

"I would say nine of that 11 have been off with Covid prior to Christmas and missed training so it was an important exercise for those players."