Guttridge is fit for AFC Wimbledon visit

Hatters boss John Still has confirmed Luke Guttridge is fully fit for Town’s first home League Two clash against AFC Wimbledon tomorrow.

By Mike Simmonds
Friday, 15th August 2014, 4:45 pm
Luke Guttridge
Luke Guttridge

The hugely influential midfielder has been a substitute for Luton’s first two matches of the campaign, coming off the bench during the 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat to Swindon on Tuesday night.

Still said: “If we wanted to pick Luke, he could play 90 minutes. It’s just a case of we’re so early in the season and I don’t want to rush people in if we haven’t got to.

“Now’s the time when I think you can afford to have a little bit of patience about who plays.

“Now’s the time, like the other night, to have a look at another formation in case we need to use it.

“You can play it in friendlies, but it doesn’t tell you much as the pace of the game is not the same, so we looked at that.”

The boss also ran through the rest of his injury concerns, adding: “Shaun Whalley is going to have an injection (in his toe), but I think he’s suffering northern-itis.

“They say they’re tough up north, but Shaun is very sore and it’s shame for Shaun as he was looking very sharp in pre-season but I’ve not been able to use him, but his time will come.

“Alex is coming along well, Danny Fitzsimons is training, Ricky Miller is training, Curtley Williams played in a game against Crystal Palace, he hasn’t had much game time so just needs to build up now, but he’s certainly within that situation, while Andy Parry is going to be a few weeks.”

Meanwhile midfielder Jonathan Smith remains a doubt, but again, Still doesn’t want to rush him back at such a premature stage of the season.

He added: “He could be training Monday, literally like that. The surgeon’s had another look and told him just to come off it a touch, but he’ll probably come back on it Monday.

“We’re just having a look at him weekly just to make sure. He hasn’t had any referral injuries that they say would be affected and when it gets sore they just want him to slow down.

“But when I say sore, only sore, so we’re just going to go steady with it.”