With Yeovil Town going out of the Football League Trophy last night, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he wants to turn his attention to bringing further recruits into his squad. The Glovers now have a straight run of 20 League One matches that will decide how high up the table they can finish, with Leyton Orient's 1-0 win at Brisbane Road ensuring the club exited their final cup competition of the season.
Johnson's assessment after the game was that a number of his players were struggling in matches due to minor knocks, but that his squad size meant that taking them out of the team wasn't always possible. Last night saw midfield trio Ed Upson, Sam Foley and Gavin Williams withdrawn, but also saw significant treatment to centre-back Byron Webster during the match. Upson's withdrawal was certainly injury-related, suffering a second half knee problem.
Speaking to BBC Somerset, Gary says he believes he needs 'a couple' of new players to give some of his existing players a chance to drop out for a game or two, and also wants to move a few players out of the club:
"We'll have to see how we rally these troops. We'll look to maybe get another couple in, because that's what it looks like we're going to need to do. We've got a few who have got niggles, that are not quite up for it because they're limping from quite early on. And anyone who is not going to be involved, I've got to start telling them. But how quickly I can do that, I don't know."
The fairly safe assumption would have to be that Keanu Marsh-Brown's Yeovil career is over given that he has not been selected for a matchday squad since Boxing Day, despite being fully fit. Meanwhile doubts exist over striker Reuben Reid's future, given that he remained on the bench during last night's match, with left-back Nathan Ralph being preferred as a final substitute to throw on in a front line position. Johnson doesn't name names in terms of who is not going to be 'involved' but they are the most obvious pair at present.
One player we know who won't be signing a deal at the club is former Chelsea midfielder Kaby Djalo, whose trial at the club has ended without a deal being offered - the arrival of Kevin Dawson and Mathew Dolan would appear to have filled gaps in those areas.
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