City could be without match-winner Regan Poole tomorrow night, but that’s the only fresh worry for Michael Appleton.
Poole headed the winner in injury time against Charlton, his first goal for the club, but he did so carrying an injury. He was clattered over by the touchline in front of the Coop in the second half, and although he ran through the pain, he’s now a doubt for the return of Alex Woodyard, and some other big bloke I prefer not to talk about.
“He’s a little bit 50/50 at the moment, he’s got a bit of a dead leg he sustained in the second half on Saturday,” Michael said in his pre-match presser.
Whilst we don’t want to see players getting injured, we are in the unusual position of having like-for-like, match-fit cover waiting in the wings in the form of TJ Eyoma. Eyoma played much of last season at right-back for the Imps, and has been a regular at centre back this season. With three games in the next eight days, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see TJ getting a game especially with Joe Walsh having only just returned to the side.
With Adam Jackson still carrying a knock, it’s likely we’d call on Eyoma tomorrow to help ease the load on Joe Walsh, but obviously, if Poole is injured, that alters things a little. There are still injury concerns around Liam Bridcutt, who is not expected to be back until the Shrewsbury game on October 30th, and Tom Hopper, who is thought to be out until Christmas. However, Chris Maguire played 90 minutes on Saturday (if you include injury time, he was subbed very late on), whilst Conor McGrandles came through the game in fine style, turning in his best performance of the season so far.
With Sheffield Wednesday this Saturday, then a trip to Wigan, it’s going to be a tough week for the threadbare squad, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Both Dan N’Lundulu and Hakeeb Adelakun were late subs at the weekend, and both are considered match fit, whilst Max Sanders has also impressed in his recent cameo performances. Josh Griffiths also came through Saturday’s game with no ill effects following his withdrawal from the England Under 21 squad.