Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell admits he would have liked to have recalled Billy Sass-Davies and Joe Robbins earlier from their loans at Altrincham.
Defender Sass-Davies and midfielder Robbins were called back from National League Alty earlier this month, and Artell explained to Crewe’s website:
“We couldn’t bring the boys back until the first 28 days had elapsed.
“If I could have done, I would have done, because we lost Callum (Ainley) and Donervon (Daniels) through injury.
“We were also without Josh (Lundstram), so we needed them.”