Steve Evans has given an update on Stevenage's injured players - and says the news is positive for the moment.

Boro go to Grimsby Town on Saturday with doubts over just two, although both are close to being available for selection.

The Boro boss said: "Kane Smith has been back in the group since the early part of the week but Jake Taylor may miss the weekend. 

"If he does then he could and should be fit for Arsenal or King’s Lynn. 

"We put no pressure on our injured players, they have to come out of the medical room with a thumbs up from the medical department."

Aside from that, the only other player frequenting the physio's room is long-term absentee Elliott List.

But even here the news is looking hopeful.

Evans said: "He’s making really good progress. He goes to see the consultant in the first week of December and he’ll dictate whether he can step up his remedial work and start getting ready.

"I think it is probably looking like late January or February when we genuinely will see Elliott. 

"If he gets any setbacks it will probably make it the end of the season but if he doesn’t get setbacks, it’ll be a real boost for us. 

"We were all a bit down [when we heard the news after Tranmere] because he was such a key and influential player for us in pre-season. 

"If he’d carried on in that vein of form though, he could well have been sold by the end of august anyway. 

"But we were disappointed to lose such a gifted young man."

Training this week could have been hampered by the weather, with the rain on Thursday making it particularly dreich as Evans and his fellow Glaswegians might say.

However, that is where the facilities at Bragbury End have come into their own.

The boss said: "We’re lucky because our training ground pitches are like bowling greens so there are no excuses not to train on [wet] days like this. 

"That's thanks to the investment put in. 

"And you can always tell where the lads come from, southern lads tend to have an extra sweatshirt on. 

"But we’ve banned the gloves, banned the hats and the snoods, they don’t exist, but when they’ve been out for 10 minutes, they get warm and then they are throwing layers off like confetti. 

"The boys are good, physically they are in a good place. They are fit and all want to play at Grimsby."