Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones has admitted his frustration that he could be without three of his club's first choice players for next month's home match against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Midfielder/striker Ryan Mason and defender Steven Caulker have both been called up to England Under 19s whilst Jonathan Obika is out in Egypt for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup and could be missing if England progress beyond the Second Round stage. All three are on loan at Huish Park from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.
Jones told BBC Somerset that he hoped Obika would be home by then but recognised that that he may need to live without them on the day:
"I'm delighted for them personally, but I just wish that there could be an international break where they could go off and earn their respective accolades at international level, then we wouldn't have to suffer. As it is, we could have three of them missing for the Brighton game, which again will be a massive game for us. So it's a bit of a nuisance really. We just have to grin and bear it. Hopefully something can be done and we won't be missing all three of them, and being a Welshman I'd hope that England get knocked out of the tournament anyway! We want to get Jon (Obika) back as soon as possible."
There's no mention of any possibility of applying for the match to be postponed, so we assume at this stage that the club are not considering this, or that it is not an option open to them.
Jones has indicated that the club are hoping for a breakthrough in their hunt for two more loan players after this weekend's matches. The Glovers are looking for an attacking midfielder to cover for Danny Schofield's position in the squad, following his transfer day deadline move to Millwall. Meanwhile they are also looking for a short term loan to cover Jonathan Obika's absence, whilst he is out in Egypt. Jones isn't specific about which place is closest to being filled, but he did tell the Western Daily Press that he was expecting some developments:
"We are working tirelessly. Things will come a little bit clearer over the weekend. We have identified targets, some of which have come about lately whilst others we have been chasing for a while. It is coming together."
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