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Harriers to stick with rookie strikeforce to face Imps
6:50am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
HARRIERS are confident they’ve seen the worst of a mounting injury list as they prepare for the visit of Lincoln City on Saturday.
Such has been the alarming catalogue of injuries, that manager Steve Burr gave his players a couple of days off this week to limit the risk of further casualties.
As a result, both striker Michael Gash and midfield man Callum Gittings returned to training this week and are expected to be in Harriers squad to face the Imps.
Gittings had been struggling with a calf problem while Gash has been trouble by a hamstring strain, but both trained without any ill-effects this week.
Gittings has now chalked up over 100 games for Harriers, not bad for a player who was plucked from the Midland Alliance when playing for Alvechurch.
There’s also better news of injury victims Chey Dunkley and Mickey Demetriou. Both are progressing well, with Demetriou due to have the plaster off his broken wrist next week.
Assistant boss Gary Whild confirmed: “We’ll have to see what the X-rays say, but it’s looking promising”.
Whild also gave the strongest possible hint that Harriers will continue with their makeshift strike partnership of Nathan Blissett and Joe Lolley.
The pair have forged an immediate understanding since coming together and Whild claimed: “They’ve been handed an opportunity and taken it. Both have done well during the past two games against Southport and Forest Green and we would be reluctant to change a winning line-up”.
Harriers continue without James Dance, who still has two matches of a three match ban to serve following his controversial dismissal against Forest Green after the FA rejected the club’s appeal.
Dance will also be ruled out for the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round clash with Bradford PA the following weekend.
This match has been switched to Sunday, October 27 at the request of West Yorkshire Police.
The original date of Saturday, October 26 clashed with Bradford City against Wolves plus Huddersfield Town verses Leeds United and the police believed their resources would be too far stretched.
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