Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has confirmed that if striker Jonathan Obika is called up for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup later this month, then he will go into the loan market for a striker. As mentioned earlier today, Chief Executive Martyn Starnes had hinted that the club might recruit in a 6th loan player in special circumstances, and Skiverton has confirmed now that it is precisely those circumstances that would trigger the move for another loanee.
If Obika is selected, he would be out there for potentially four weeks and up to five League One matches, and Skiverton told BBC Somerset that he is waiting on tomorrow's FA squad selection to find out if Obika's name is on the call-up list for the actual tournament squad:
"I think that Jon Obika has the squad announced tomorrow for the Under-20 World Cup and Jon could be in that. So there may be a couple of people that I'm then looking to bring in. I'd then be looking for a striker to bring in from somewhere else."
In terms of his main target - a replacement for midfielder Danny Schofield - it doesn't appear that the Glovers are going to get their man now before Saturday, and that Skiverton may have to be patient:
"We're having dialog with the club all the time and it's just waiting now for him to be freed up. It's still close but it could still be one or two weeks away yet. So it's still ongoing. I'm just waiting and seeing what's happening out there at the moment. There are deals that are out there that are just waiting to be concluded."
In terms of fitness and availability, the BBC confirmed that striker Gavin Tomlin is fit and available for Saturday's match against Stockport County. There's no word just yet on fellow striker Sam Williams, who limped out of last week's game against Swindon Town with a hip injury, although his early prognosis was that he would be fit for the visit of Stockport County.
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