Luton to assess Cornick ahead of Charlton trip

Attacker missed 1-0 win at Middlesbrough last weekend

By Mike Simmonds
Friday, 21st February 2020, 7:49 pm
Updated Friday, 21st February 2020, 7:54 pm
Town attacker Harry Cornick
Town attacker Harry Cornick

Hatters attacker Harry Cornick is a doubt for tomorrow’s Championship trip to fellow relegation strugglers Charlton Athletic.

The 24-year-old was absent from Town’s 1-0 win at Middlesbrough last weekend, the first league match he has missed this season.

Assistant boss Gary Brabin gave an update on the former Bournemouth winger at this afternoon's press conference, saying: "He’s another one that we’ll have to assess.

"He’s had a training session today and we’ll see how he is after that.

"It's a little bit of hamstring, a little bit of back, I don't think it was anything too major, but we're going to see how he is after training today.”

There was positive news for full back Dan Potts though, who went off at the Riverside Stadium with a head injury, as Brabin continued: “I don’t think it was bad, he carried on after that.

"It was just, he played three games in the week, so I think it was a combination of those things.

"We're hoping we don’t see any issues with that for tomorrow.”

Although Cornick is doubtful, Luton have a virtually fully fit squad to choose from, with just Brendan Galloway and Eunan O’Kane missing.

Brabin believes that having the battle for places is only going to boost Town in their bid to stay up, as he said: "I think everyone knows the demands physically in this league, you have to max out.

"It’s not always a case of resting players, you need competition for places.

"It helps when you’ve got your best players fit and you’re able to make changes, little tweaks here and there that aren’t going to have big effects on the side.

"You’ve got players like (Martin) Cranie and Rea competing for the same shirt, (Cameron) Carter-Vickers has come in now with Sonny (Bradley) and Matty Pearson and I think that goes right the way through the squad, but I think you need all your players fit for that to happen.

“It should be part and parcel of every footballer's job, you know what you've got to do, there should be a self-belief that you're good enough to play.

"Every club has got competition so you know it’s not just an individual game, it’s a squad game.

"You've got to perform to your best, the manager’s got to make those decisions, but I guess every player should feel confident that he’s going to play.

It was the same for first team coach Inigo Idiakez as well, who added: "Now everyone is fit in the team, we’re going to need everyone in the team to push the ones who normally play, the ones who are on the bench, the ones who are waiting for opportunities.

"Everyone has to push each other and I think they’re doing it and that’s why it’s important everyone is giving their very best."