TWO Wrexham players will miss the start of the League Two campaign through injury but Phil Parkinson is delighted James Jones will be available following a lengthy lay-off.

Star striker Paul Mullin underwent spinal surgery in the middle of June to correct a long-term lower-back and hamstring issue, meaning the 29-year-old will definitely be absent for the pre-season tour to North America.

With 105 goals in three seasons, the three-time, back-to-back top scorer and Player of the Season is a key performer but the Reds’ boss is hoping the 29-year-old doesn't miss many matches when the League One campaign kicks off with a home fixture against Wycombe Wanderers on August 10.

Wing-back Jacob Mendy, who missed the final four games last season when Wrexham clinched a second promotion in a row for the first time in the club's history, is facing longer on the sidelines after having hamstring surgery.

However, Jones, ruled out of the final 15 games last term because of a similar injury, has returned for pre-season training.

Parkinson didn't expect Jones to be out so long when the  midfielder went off in the 1-0 win against rivals Notts County on February 17 but he has returned for pre-season in good shape and not missed a session.

"Jacob has obviously got work to do," said Parkinson.

"He had to have surgery, he is making progress but it is slow.

"James is fine, his hamstring injury wasn't as serious as Jacob's and he has joined in all the training so he is in a good place.

"It was great to get James back out there."

Jones, like all his fit team-mates, is expected to feature in Wrexham's opening pre-season friendly at Hanley Town on Saturday when Parkinson is set to utilise his squad.