Bristol R v Dag & Red preview
Jesse Lingard will be added to the Leicester squad for
Saturday’s Championship clash with Barnsley at the King Power
Lingard played for Manchester United’s Under-21 team this week
following the end of his initial loan spell with the Foxes but the
midfielder has returned to the Championship club on a deal that
runs into the new year.
David Nugent was a surprise inclusion in the squad against Derby
last weekend after slipping a disc in his neck recently but
Leicester’s leading goalscorer came on as a substitute and netted
twice in the 4-1 home victory and could now be pushing for a recall
to the starting line-up.
Fellow strikers Marko Futacs and Jeff Schlupp, midfielders Ben
Marshall and Matty James and defender Liam Moore are also options
for Pearson should he opt to change a winning team.
Centre-half Sean St Ledger remains the only absentee with the
hamstring problem that has now kept him on the sidelines for two
Barnsley could be without influential midfielder Jacob Mellis,
who has been a virtual ever-present for manager Keith Hill this
season but sustained a dead-leg in last week’s heavy defeat at
Watford and is rated as very doubtful.
Teenager Reuben Noble-Lazarus, Stephen Dawson, Tomasz Cywka and
Jim O’Brien will all be hoping to return to the starting line-up in
Mellis’ expected absence.
Another midfielder, David Perkins, remains sidelined with a
hamstring problem, but Hill has no other new injury or suspension
problems and apart from a replacement for Mellis has hinted he will
not be making changes.
On-loan trio Akos Buzsaky, Jonathan Greening and Emile Sinclair
are expected to start again.
But striker Mido is still not in contention following a back
problem as the South Yorkshire side chase their first league win in
Bristol Rovers boss Mark McGhee will welcome back two players
from suspension, but will be missing another regular for three
Wayne Brown and Eliot Richards missed the defeat to Wycombe on
Saturday after their bans but in the dying seconds of that 2-0 loss
at Adams Park, Matt Lund picked up a second yellow and became the
fourth Rovers player to be sent off in two weeks – meaning he will
miss the visit of John Still’s men.
Captain Matt Gill limped off just before the hour mark with a
knee injury after a heavy challenge, meaning the former Exeter man
is a doubt.
Rovers are now third-bottom in League Two and have not picked up
three points since October 20.
Dagenham boast no new injury or suspension problems.
Fit-again pair Dominic Green and Josh Scott are the only two
players providing manager Still with any concern as they still seek
minutes under their belt before being considered fully match
Still does have options should he wish to freshen up his side,
with the likes of Kevin Maher, Gavin Hoyte, Billy Bingham and Brian
Woodall all pushing for recalls.
Speaking ahead of the clash, Still told Dagenham’s official
website: “Bristol Rovers is one of my old clubs and I always look
forward to going back there and it should be a great game.”