Torquay United v Yeovil Town: Glovers hit by injuries and suspension
Yeovil Town would like to add two further new faces to bolster a squad increasingly hit by injuries and suspension.
The Glovers welcomed back Byron Webster following suspension for Saturday’s defeat at Tranmere Rovers but will be without Bristol City loanee Joe Edwards for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash tonight against Torquay United after his weekend dismissal.
Left back Nathan Ralph requires surgery to remove a cyst on his knee, whilst Luke Ayling (hip) is a doubt for the Devon trip after missing the match day line up at Prenton Park.
Right-sided Lewis Young (ankle) will miss at least a month and striker Gozie Ugwu (hamstring) is receiving treatment at parent club Reading.
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Manager Gary Johnson said: “I’m always considering bringing in loan signings as that’s the only way to improve your squad at this time. You can’t bring any contracted players in until January. So we’re keeping an eye out on that.
“We don’t think that Luke will be too long, and we’ve had Gavin (Williams) on the bench, so hopefully he will get fitter and fitter every week. We’ll have a look at it, but at the moment we’ve got the numbers. One or two would be nice, but it’s got to be the right one or two.”
Assistant manager Terry Skiverton said Edwards would have to learn from his first senior red card during the 3-2 defeat at Tranmere.
“We were disappointed with the goal that came before that because I think he has allowed him inside to get a shot off and they have a free man in the box,” he said.
“There’s lots we have spoken about but we will have our review session and we will make sure that these things don’t persistently happen.”
The former boss and club captain also backed Johnson to make the fight move in the loan market if needed, whilst remaining coy about potential dealings.
Skiverton said: “He is somebody that definitely has their finger on the pulse and has been looking out there to make sure that we are adding to the squad.
“If one comes in, as assistant manager I would quite like to coach that new person. But it will be up to the gaffer.
“I think we will have to wait and see. We have had quite a few people in to see if people can make a late push but we will have to wait and see. Luke did a little bit of light work and you never know, maybe.”
Lloyd Macklin’s season of frustration has continued with the news that the Torquay United winger will be out of action for some time with a broken bone in his foot.
The former Swindon Town player limped off only 17 minutes after going on as a second-half substitute in last Saturday’s 3-1 npower League Two home win over Accrington Stanley, and he will be an absentee tonight.
It has been confirmed that Macklin, 23, who has already been out with a torn hamstring for a month this season, has broken the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot.
A home tie in the southern last eight against Wycombe awaits tonight’s winners.