Mark Kennedy has been giving an injury update ahead of the visit of Port Vale, and he’s also hinted at a possible outing for one of our rising stars.
The Valiants are six points behind us, and still fighting off faint fears of relegation, but the likelihood is both sides will be in League One next season. That doesn’t mean foot off the gas, as Mark Kennedy outlined in his pre-match interview. The Imps will be pushing to finish as high as possible, and will most likely achieve mathematical safety Saturday afternoon.
One player who will not be involved is Ted Bishop. He withdrew from the Cheltenham victory with a hamstring issue, and whilst it isn’t a major concern, MK confirmed he will miss this weekend’s game. Another of the missing players, TJ Eyoma, is fit and ready and was part of the squad that travelled to Plymouth for Easter Monday’s excellent victory against the leaders.
There may also be minutes for one of our winter recruits, Dylan Duffy. The 20-year-old arrived from League of Ireland side University College Dublin (UCD), but thus far has had just 11 minutes of football away at Fleetwood. Mark Kennedy admitted he’s keen to get the youngster out on the pitch before now and the end of the season.
“I’ve been really keen to get him on the pitch, and he’s had very limited time,” he told the club’s YouTube channel. “It’s the games; Sheffield Wednesday away, and it’s tight, Plymouth away, Cheltenham was 1-0 until late. He’s been really impressing in training, I don’t want to say that too loudly and put too much pressure on him, but he’s someone I’d really like to see before the end of the season.”
Whilst that doesn’t hint at a start for the attacker, it does suggest we may see him in the dying embers of matches before the end of the season, and who knows, perhaps if he gets a chance, he could take it with both hands, in much the same way Ben House has. House only got a handful of minutes in the latter stages of last season but is not comfortably into double figures for goals.
Either way, Imps supporters can perhaps rest easy tomorrow, knowing that 1987 and 2011, the bogeymen that stalk our every waking moment, will not be finding a place in 2023, and the final six games of the season can be enjoyed for what they are without that deep-seated fear of collapse which all Imps wake up with at one point or another!