Mark McGhee has a new list of injury worries ahead of tomorrow’s trip to AFC Wimbledon.
Rovers put in a fantastic display against Torquay on Saturday to take all three points, but the side picked up a number of knocks to add to the already lengthy injury list.
Players like Lee Brown just have tight muscles, which should not keep them out for long, while Fabian Broghammer picked up a concussion during the game.
Mark said: “I can name you a team full of injured players; Scott Bevan, Michael Smith, Danny Woodards, Cian Bolger, Lee Brown, Matt Gill, Matt Harrold, Shaquille Hunter, Adam Virgo, Fabian Broghammer and Derek Riordan.
“As I stand here we have a team of injured players, which leaves us 11 or 12 outfield players to choose from.
“Only one of those, Broghammer, was in the starting line up on Saturday, so we will have to replace him, and it doesn’t give us much strength in the side, but we just have to get on with it as that is the way it is.
“Fabian had concussion and was quite unwell on Saturday night so he will probably miss tomorrow night, but I hope he will be available for Saturday. Adam Virgo’s knee swelled up after the warm up.”
The manager admits that he might have to change his plans to take the injuries into account, especially with a large portion of his side sat in the treatment room.
He said: “I had in mind something I wanted to do on Tuesday night, but that has been affected by the injuries, but we still have to go there and play.
“I am not too concerned about the starting 11, we ca be confident they will compete, but we might have to think about winning the game with the starting 11.
“I have not done the calculation, but I would imagine that 60% of our budget is in the treatment room. You need as much of your budget on the pitch as you possible can if you are going to be successful.
“It is making things difficult for us, but the lads have a great attitude and we are helped by a fantastic support who stuck with us through the stickier part of the season.”
And although the manager is pleased with the improvement, he believes his side should have picked up more wins.
He also feels there is definitely more to come when he gets some of his injured players back.
He said: “I said before the game on Saturday that I feel that we should be sitting with six wins out of seven, I think that even though we have improved we should be even better.
“It is two steps forward and one step back as now we have a treatment room that is full of players.
“We are just waiting for the fair wind to catch up with us to see how good we really are.
“I have felt positive about the squad, but I need the best of the squad out there. We said that Tom Eaves needed games, and with each game Tom is getting better and better, he is getting his legs and goals will do his confidence the power of good.
”Fabian still has to get up to speed with this league, and we are waiting on Riordan to come back. We are very optimistic, but we are frustrated we cannot get them all out there.”
Wimbledon have had a tough start to the season, but they picked up a good point on Saturday.
Mark said: “It was a great point for Wimbledon against Fleetwood at the weekend.
“Regardless of our result on Saturday, we conceded two goals to ten men so if anyone from Wimbledon was watching us in the first half they might have been shaking in their boots, but they would have huge reason to be optimistic from a large part of our second half performance.
“We cannot do anything other than put that game on Saturday behind us and expect that Wimbledon is going to be the hardest game of the season.”
And the manager believes that the FA Cup draw against Sheffield United has all the makings of a classic cup tie.
He said: “We have drawn the top team in the draw, there is not a bigger club in the two divisions than Sheffield United. I have always had great games against them ever since I was a player at Newcastle.
“It is a fantastic cup game, but it will be a really, really challenging game for us. It is an FA Cup game and I think we should embrace it.
“If we can get a couple of results in the next couple of games and a couple of good performances give our supporters some optimism and I think it can be a big, big day and a real exciting occasion.
“I think it will be a great TV game, if we were to get a result it would be some sort of giant killing.
“We are on form and the football we played in the first half on Saturday has the potential to make it a really attractive tie.”
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