Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he has yet to hear which of his loan players will be allowed to feature in the FA Cup against Rushden and Diamonds. The Glovers currently have six loanees on their books, although the deal with Bristol City keeper Stephen Henderson expires before the visit to Nene Park, and will only be renewed if there is any doubt over the fitness of main loan goalkeeper John Sullivan.
Skiverton will also have the question, nearer the time, of which of his permanent acquisitions are able to feature in that tie, with a home game against Swindon Town and the trip to Milton Keynes Dons to get through before he can get anywhere near assessing that. But he has told this week's Western Gazette that he is hoping that the picture will become a little clearer within the next few days:
"This week I will be finding out which of my loan signings can play in the FA Cup. That is another headache that will be solved in the next couple of days. There is lots of stuff going on, there is lots of stuff with injuries, getting people ready and fit and who is available to play. There are no easy days at Yeovil Town at the moment, but it is a game we are really looking forward to. We are just waiting for the answer to come back because everybody that is here on loan is desperate to play in the FA Cup because it is so special."
Of the six players, given his loan arrangements, it would be surprising Norwich City midfielder Owain Tudur Jones was not given permission to play next weekend, with his third month extension taking him up to Second Round day. Equally, with Millwall goalkeeper John Sullivan, it would be surprising if Skiverton had not asked the question prior to extending his loan deal until the end of the year, given the complications it would induce, with the Glovers already juggling two loan goalkeepers.
Arsenal winger/striker Luke Freeman will surely be given permission to play, whilst Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald was allowed to play for Yeovil in the FA Cup this time last year, so hopefully the same response will be forthcoming. The major two doubts are therefore Bristol City pair Stephen Henderson, who may not even be still at Huish Park next weekend, and playmaker Gavin Williams. In their cases, neither player is likely to be a Glover when City commence their own FA Cup campaign in January, and so they are the two most likely to be refused permission. All our own guesswork mind, and doubtless an injury or a suspension at any player's parent club could easily change a manager's thinking.
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