GARY Whild is hoping experienced centre back Kelvin Langmead will have recovered from injury in time for Saturday’s Vanarama National League clash at Guiseley.

The powerful 30-year-old was taken off during half-time in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Grimsby and missed Tuesday night’s thrilling 3-2 loss at Dover Athletic.

But the manager is keeping his finger’s crossed that Langmead will have shaken off a heel problem to be available for the clash at Nethermoor Park.

Langmead’s absence has been felt as the Reds conceded five goals in their opening two games.

Reece Styche and Aman Verma bagged levellers as Kidderminster demonstrated admirable spirit to come from behind twice to surprise much-fancied Grimsby at Aggborough.

Adam Dawson and Gurjit Singh bagged their first competitive goals for Kiddy in Kent midweek but Stefan Payne’s late winner ensured they returned to Worcestershire pointless.

The manager said: “Kelvin had a heavy fall on Saturday but I’m hoping he’ll be OK for Guiseley.

“I felt for the players after the Dover game, we played some good football, scored some excellent goals and didn’t deserve to lose but at our level of football you get punished.

“Kelvin is one of our more experienced players and I think if he’d have played on Tuesday we’d have got something from the game.”

He added: “I was pleased for Adam and Gurjit, they both scored well-taken goals.

“Gurjit is like a lot of lads who we have brought in and has made the step up.”

Styche is nursing a hamstring problem but fingers are crossed he’ll be fit for Saturday’s clash. Harriers then tackle Wrexham at home on Tuesday (7.45pm ko).

Whild continued to freshen up his squad over the last few weeks, bringing in West Bromwich Albion youngster Tahvon Campbell on a youth loan, who teams-up with fellow Baggies rookies Andre Wright and Alex Palmer.

Left-back Rob Taylor has signed a non-contract deal but is deemed not yet match fit.

Kennedy Digie has joined Tyrone Williams on-loan at Hednesford, while striker Jamie Spencer has switched to Worcester City on a month’s loan.

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