If Russell Slade does defy gravity and secures Yeovil Town a play-off berth it won't be thanks to the generosity of his budget. After a quiet time in the January window that just saw him able to bring in a couple of end-of-season loans whilst rivals like Bristol City and Swansea City were splashing the cash on permanent transfers, a couple of weeks into February the wafer thin Yeovil Town squad is creaking again.
The downside of the 1-4 victory over Carlisle United was two further injuries and a suspension. Neither Andy Lindegaard (dead leg) nor Marcus Stewart (torn calf) finished the first half. Slade was awaiting the prognosis of club physio Jim Joyce but appeared relatively gloomy when speaking to the Western Daily Press :
Marcus Stewart has a calf strain, which is not too clever and Lindy has done his thigh, so that's the negative coming out of the game.We have two injuries which will mean those players are ruled out for a certain length of time. As yet I don't know how long that will be.
I'll have to speak to the physio and have a body count on Monday. I may look to the loan market but we'll have to look at the situation. We're in a great position and we don't want to throw it away. If it means we've got to strengthen the squad then so be it.
With Lee Morris already out for around three weeks, J-P Kalala suspended next Saturday (see below), Leon Best only a Glover for two more games, Anthony Barry finding his knee a problem, and any Mark Lynch return still five or six weeks away (Paul Terry will not be back this season) the Glovers, not for the first time this season, are getting close to only having 11 or 12 recognised first-teamers available. As Russell implies, it would be a huge shame if all the hard work that sees us fourth in the table was allowed to slip away because we've run out of players.
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