Lockyer out of Town's trip to City while Bradley remains doubtful

Cohen confident Luton can cope at Forest

By Mike Simmonds
Monday, 1st March 2021, 9:55 pm
Updated Monday, 1st March 2021, 9:56 pm
Kal Naismith dropped into centre half against Sheffield Wednesday
Kal Naismith dropped into centre half against Sheffield Wednesday

Luton will once again be without defender Tom Lockyer for tomorrow’s trip to Nottingham Forest.

The Welsh international has missed Town’s last three matches after picking up an ankle injury during the recent 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City at Kenilworth Road.

First team coach Chris Cohen admitted this afternoon that the trip to his former club will come too soon for the 26-year-old, as he said: “No, Tom’s not fit for tomorrow, so he’s one that’s going to miss out.

"He’s getting better every day and he did brilliantly when he was playing, it would be great to have him back as another option at centre half.”

Club captain Sonny Bradley is also a major doubt having missed the 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend with a tight thigh.

His place went to Matty Pearson, with recent addition Kal Naismith then moving into the back-line when Town were struggling during a dire first half, as the Hatters reverted to a four man defence.

Cohen continued: "I think injuries are part and parcel of what everyone is going through this season as it’s so condensed.

"You look at the way that Kal came in on Saturday especially second half he went into left sided centre half, he’s played there before.

"We’ve got Pottsy (Dan Potts), Martin Cranie, Matty Pearson, so if Sonny isn’t to make it, we’ve got real good options and a wealth of experience back there.

"Yes we’ve got problems, but over the course of the season, our physios and medical department have done brilliant to keep as many people fit as they have in one of the strangest seasons we’ll ever have in terms of number of games and time to fit them all in.”

Whoever Town do opt for though, Cohen is confident they have the options within their squad, adding: “It’s doing the right thing for each situation.

"We’ve watched a load of Nottingham Forest games already, we understand it will be a tough place to go, but we have to set up right and throughout the whole season when we've set up in the right shape, when the boys have implemented the plan and when we’ve had a little bit of luck that you always need, we’ve been very, very good.

"Now we can't afford to get any of those bits wrong, as we’re going to teams like Nottingham Forest that have players that can hurt you, but we’ll always put a team out, the right team for the right game and that will be exactly the same.

"The players who don’t usually play in those positions, the way that they played on Saturday proves that we have a squad full of players that are really adaptable.

"Jordan Clark has been brilliant wherever he’s played this year and Kal went into left side centre half, which he has done for Wigan and looked like he has been playing there his whole career as well.

"So the boys have been adaptable, but we wouldn’t put square pegs in round holes.

"They’ve shown us they can do that and understand it might be something we ask them in the course of a difficult season.”