Dominic Samuel had some time off training after coming through 90 minutes in last weekend’s Lancashire Senior Cup win which saw him miss Monday night’s defeat at Everton.

Samuel has made three appearances for the Under-23s on his comeback from a long-term knee injury, scoring twice in the win at Brighton earlier this month, and last weekend’s win over Accrington Stanley.

But the 25-year-old remained at Brockhall with the first-team squad on Monday, rather than travelling to Goodison Park for the Premier League 2 fixture.

Samuel hasn’t played for the first-team since sustaining the injury in a 2-2 draw with Reading 13 months ago.

And boss Billy Barr said: “He took a whack last week so had a couple of days off training, otherwise he would probably have been with us.”

Jacob Davenport was given his first minutes since suffering an ankle injury in a behind closed doors friendly with Macclesfield two months ago.

Davenport has struggled with injuries during his time at the club, but came through an hour against the Toffees.

He made his sole appearance on the final day of last season against Swansea, but suffered a setback in pre-season and was back in the Under-23s fold on Monday.

“It was just 45 minutes initially and then see how it was from there and then came through an hour,” said Barr.

Jack Vale was back from injury to lead the line having missed the last three matches, as well as the Wales Under-21s matches during the international break.

Vale had enjoyed an excellent start to the season, his form earning the teenager a call-up in to the Wales Under-21s squad for the first time, only to miss out through injury.

“It was good to have Jack back and when he is in full flow he’s an exciting prospect,” Barr said.

“In hindsight I think he probably tried to rush himself back too early instead of listening and think that ultimately cost him the Wales trip and a game with us.

“He looked like the Jack Vale we know and love.”

Sam Hart took a knock late in the game, and will be assessed today, although he was able to complete the full 90 minutes.