Paul Hall comes out of retirement to play for Mansfield

Paul Hall
Hall joined the Stags as youth supremo in July

Mansfield Town assistant manager Paul Hall has come out of retirement to help ease the club's injury crisis.

Town could only name three substitutes for the away defeat at Crawley Town.

Manager Duncan Russell said: "We still have a number of players in the treatment room and Paul still has fine ability and is fit."

Ex-Jamaica winger Hall, 38, joined the coaching team in July but will be available for Saturday's home game against Rushden & Diamonds.

Russell added: "I do not want to be left in the same position as midweek."

Hall, who played for Jamaica in the 1998 World Cup finals, has so far played more than 600 games during a 12-club career external-linkwhich includes spells at Portsmouth and Coventry.

He was initially appointed the club's head of youth in July but the cash-strapped Stags were forced to scrap their youth set-up in August.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old forward Conor Higginson has returned from his loan spell at Glapwell and is available.