By Joel Lampkin
Iron Man can fly in a suit of armour, Thor has a magic hammer but Scott Davies has super healing powers and his return could be integral in his sides charge for the league title.
The 30-year-old was originally ruled out for the rest of the season but has made a miraculous recovery to feature for Tranmere Rovers against Leyton Orient just a month on from a nine-inch tear in his thigh muscle.
Davies has been a regular starter for manager Micky Mellon over the past two seasons picking up 32 clean sheets across all competitions asserting himself as one of the top shot stoppers in the league, and thus his absence has been notable.
Rovers fans will be well aware of the quality that the no.1 possesses as his heroics in last season’s playoff final against Forest Green Rovers kept the scoreline a respectable level.
The passion and dedication from Davies deserves commendation as his hard recovery work shattered the expected timescale to help his side gain a return to the football league with 16 games left to play.
His last game before his injury saw Rovers ship five goals against AFC Fylde in one of the lowest points of the season, with the injury to the former Morecambe man one of the negative takeaways from the defeat.
Tranmere boast the third best defensive record in the league with Davies deserving much of the plaudits. Rovers have conceded 31 goals in 33 games with that statistic only bettered by Wrexham (25) and Dover Athletic (27).
One positive, one negative
Davies’ stand in Luke Pilling conceded four goals during the 135 minutes he has featured this seaso demonstrating he is not yet ready to command the defensive unit, thus the need for a replacement – for a replacement.
On-loan keeper Rhys Taylor who was finally starting to find his feet at Prenton Park after picking up his second clean sheet in a 3-0 win over Ebbsfleet United looks set to now play second fiddle.
The former Chelsea shot stopper has featured in just five games for The Super White’s this season, joining just days after the extent of the injury to Davies was revealed.
Taylor signed until the end of the season after falling out of favour with AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor who has opted for Jay Lynch in most of the campaign.
The former Wales u/21 goalkeeper was a key figure in Fylde achieving promotion to the National League but the return of Davies looks like being another setback in his career.