YORK City manager Neal Ardley provided a positive update on Adam Crookes and Maziar Kouhyar, and confirmed that midfielder Jack Stott had left the club.

Stott joined York on a short-term loan deal from Middlesbrough, but only made two appearances before falling to injury and being recalled by his parent club.

Ardley did provide positive news on Crookes and Kouhyar, who are both working on a return to training, whilst also issuing updates on Dipo Akinyemi, Dan Batty, Levi Andoh and Michael Duckworth.

“Crookesy has just started training at the back end of the week, we’re hoping Maz can get back on the training pitch but they need the training and the fitness," Ardley confirmed.

“Levi (Andoh) has just come back in but can only do the little bits, and not bigger pitch stuff.

“Ducky (Michael Duckworth) is back training, but needs another week or two to be fine tuned and we’re pushing him hard.

“Dipo is back, (Dan) Batty might be a little while longer, but we’re monitoring him to see where we are.

“It’s great to see Dipo back at the end of last week, he got 30 minutes and has now has a week of training. I can look at the selection and see where to go.

“Jack Stott has returned, he has been called back last week by Middlesbrough.

“He’s back there, they called him back early last week.”

Ardley also insinuated that George Sykes-Kenworthy will start for York’s trip to Fylde on Saturday, with David Stockdale continuing to recover from his return to the first-team in last Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Chester in the Emirates FA Cup first round.

The City boss is pleased to have competition between the sticks, and is happy with Stockdale’s support for Sykes-Kenworthy, whilst also confirming that Rory Watson had picked up a small injury on his finger.

“Injuries can happen, David went in in the cup because he was back and was 85 per cent fit, that’s where he is at the moment.

“He’s not a young spring chicken, and he won’t mind me saying that anymore, but he needs a bit more time between his games.

“We have a cup game Tuesday and it’s an easy decision for me to switch some players.

“You want competition for places, David Stockdale is an unbelievable talker.

“And surprisingly for his age, George is an unbelievable talker.

“He thinks very well, so when we train and do work with the back players, the communication work, both of them go in goal.

“Rory has hurt his finger at the moment so Rory’s not even training, but both of them go in goal and take it in turns.

“David is very supportive to George, I think we’ve got good goalkeepers and once David gets 100 per cent fit, they can push each other.”