Recovering Town stars Alex Lawless and Mark Tyler will not be risked for Saturday’s FA Cup first round tie at home to Nuneaton Town unless they are 100 per cent fit, writes Mark Wood.
Tyler missed last week’s 2-1 win at title rivals Forest Green Rovers after his troublesome back again flared, while Lawless had not recovered from a foot injury in time.
Lawless was the difference between the two teams when they met at Kenilworth Road three weeks ago in Town’s last home game, netting both goals in the 2-0 victory in the last five minutes.
On the chance of the 29-year-old figuring, manager Paul Buckle said: “There’s a chance, it’s a slim chance.”
Keeper Tyler looks more likely to figure, although Buckle would have no qualms about sticking with Dean Brill despite his error at the New Lawn last week.
Buckle continued: “I won’t take any risks with that. Mark’s made a decent improvement this week.
“He’s gone out with Dimi (Kharine) this morning and I’ll probably wait until Saturday to speak to Dimi, Brilly and Mark to see whether he is 100 per cent fit or not.
“But at the same time I think that Dean Brill’s easily good enough to play in our first team, whichever way round I’m confident that either one will give a good display.”
Centre-half Dean Beckwith is unavailable again with a groin problem, with Buckle saying: “Dean will just miss out, he’s fairly close now.”
Town are also set to welcome Adam Watkins back into their squad after Kidderminster chose not to extend his loan.
“I said in the week it’s disappointing that Adam’s gone there to play games and, OK he’s had some minutes, but been brought off in a few games and didn’t even make the 16 last time out,” said Buckle.
“So that was disappointing for Adam and for myself because the whole point was to go out and play games.
“It’s Kidderminster’s prerogative whether they want to keep Adam there and they don’t, so we’re pleased to have him back.
“At the moment Adam’s with us. He’s trained well the last couple of days, I’m pleased to have him back and so are the lads.
“Being seven subs then yeah Adam will feature in some capacity. But again he comes back into a team that’s been doing very well.
“Like I said I was hopeful that he could go out and the loan could really work.
“I’m not saying it’s been a disaster but at the same time I think that coming back now...
“I was hoping he was going to come back with confidence, hopefully he has got the confidence now to kick on with us.”
Greg Taylor remains on loan at Tamworth though, with Buckle adding: “Taylor will go out for another month. They’ve asked to keep him on and I’ve spoken to Greg and said at the moment I see (Jake) Howells or (Lathaniel) Rowe-Turner ahead of him at the moment, he understands that.
“It’s up to him to go out on loan and try and be the best player there at Tamworth and at the end of the month it gives me a headache as to whether I leave him out or bring him back.”
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