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Andy Scott has banned his players from any meaty tackles in training in the lead up to Saturday's game with Grimsby as he only has 14 fit players.

The Bees manager wants no repeat of the training ground accident last Thursday which has ruled out midfielder Gary Smith for the near future.

Smith joined strikers Charlie MacDonald and Ross Montague and left-back Ryan Dickson on the treatment table before Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Bury.

And following that game, plus Tuesday night's 2-0 Carling Cup defeat at Swansea City, Sam Wood and Nathan Elder are doubts for the Grimsby game.

With Bristol City loan signing Frankie Artus injuring his hamstring just three days after signing on Friday, and Leigh Mills having disappeared back to Spurs, Scott is down to the bare bones.

He said: "We will have a look at Elder and Wood today and tomorrow. Nathan had a dead leg against Swansea, while Sam got a knock on his ankle at Bury.

"Smith's ankle injury is not as bad as first thought, but it was still a nasty one and we don't want to rush him back.

"Our physio has been working overtime, and we are down to 14 pros.

"We can't do anything physical in training."