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Harriers forced to shuffle the pack ahead of Chester trip
7:10am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
HARRIERS will be forced to shuffle the pack ahead of today’s trip to Chester. Manager Steve Burr must decide who will replace injured left back Mickey Demetriou after the defender broke his wrist against Aldershot last week.
At the same time, Jamie Grimes is expected to continue his central defensive role in the absence of Harriers England C player Chey Dunkley who is ruled out with a knee injury.
Harriers just hope Josh Gowling will have shaken off a second whack on the nose, which he broke earlier in the season, to partner Grimes.
Assistant manager Gary Whild admitted: “It’s ironic really that both Chey and Mickey went through all of last season without missing a game. Now they’ve both picked up injuries at the same time.
“But the situation is beginning to look a little bit brighter. Chey saw a specialist on Wednesday night and has been given the all-clear. He won’t need an operation now, which is what we first feared.
“Mickey’s situation is looking marginally better as well. Initially we were told he’d be out for six weeks, but that now seems worse case senario.
“The plaster comes off this time next week and the we’re hoping he could play wearing a cast”.
Demetriou’s absence at Chester leaves Burr with the dilemma of who to drop in at left back.
Whild claimed: “Danny Jackman has played in that position a number of times for Gillingham, but we could also put Marvin Johnson in there, so we do have one or two options”
Both Jamie Tolley and Jack Byrne featured for Harriers in a friendly against Burton Albion on Wednesday. Tolley is still trying to shake off the effects of an achilles injury and won’t be fit to face Chester.
Byrne came through the game unscathed and Whild confirmed: “You have to remember.Jack missed an entire nine months and as a result, he has his ups and downs. “Some days are good and others, things catch up with him. But he remains ahead of schedule with his recovery”.
Whild anticipates a difficult contest at Chester, even though Harriers defeated them easily earlier in the season. He claimed: “They’ve strengthened since then and brought in former Sheffield United player Danny Higginbotham to steady the ship. His experience has made them a stronger side, even though they remain second from bottom.
“It doesn’t matter where they are in the table, we need to be on our own game. Just look what happened when we went to Dartford. They were third or fourth from bottom at the time. Things didn’t go right for us on the day and we came unstuck 3-0. We cannot afford a repeat of that at Chester!"
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