Saturday's opponents Cambridge United will head to Huish Park with seven players missing from their first team squad. The U's are heading to South Somerset for a League Two fixture in 15th place and seven points ahead of the Glovers, but on a run of form that has not seen them win in eleven games on the road. Their last two fixtures saw them hammered by Forest Green Rovers by a 5-2 scoreline, whilst Coventry City inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Tuesday night.
They've got Leon Legge (shoulder), David Amoo (hamstring) and Piero Mingoia (groin) out with long term injuries, whilst Greg Taylor and Medy Elito missed out on Tuesday night due to a virus, with manager Shaun Derry gloomy about their prospects of recovery. Meanwhile striker Jabo Ibehre hasn't featured since a red card in December, and is currently out with concussion. There's also an unusual situation in that striker Barry Corr's contract with Cambridge has expired, and whilst they're trying to sort out something new with him, he is not expected to feature because transfer window rules would mean he would be unable to play for any other Football League side during the remainder of the season.
With Emmanuel Osadebe having joined Newport County on loan, Derry believes that those absentees are affecting his club's results, and told the Cambridge News that any team would struggle with those sort of numbers unavailable:
"We're looking at the same group of players that went to Coventry (on Tuesday night). When you throw into the equation seven senior players that would either start or be on the bench (not being available) you're thinking, hang on a minute, in a team of the stature of us at Cambridge United at League Two we can't afford to not have that many players involved. I'm not too sure too many teams would have had that many players missing from their travels on Tuesday night but we did and we have to deal with it. I think there needs to be some sort of understanding of why you get those results."
For Yeovil Town, they go into the game with the reverse issue. Although they will be without right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments) and Marcus Barnes (ankle) whilst Otis Khan serves the third of a five match suspension, they were able to leave Oscar Gobern and Jared Bird out of Tuesday night's squad by their own choice. There is a question mark over the availability of Bevis Mugabi - initially reported as an illness, prior to the Manchester United game, but now described as a hamstring injury. But with the Glovers having beaten Grimsby Town 3-0 on Tuesday night, it's hard to see there being a big rush to change the starting line-up for that game.
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