Oldham v Yeovil preview
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray once again faces an anxious wait
as he prepares to pick his team for the npower Championship clash
with Nottingham Forest.
Striker Lukas Jutkiewicz picked up a knock in Saturday’s 2-0
home defeat by Brighton and is being monitored ahead of a round of
fixtures which could see Boro’s play-off hopes finally ended.
Fellow frontman Marvin Emnes and midfielder Kieron Dyer remain
doubts with hamstring problems, as does Emmanuel Ledesma (ankle),
and all three will be assessed.
However, full-back George Friend (also hamstring) has already
been ruled out and may not play again this season. If that proves
to be the case, he will join midfielder Julio Arca (toe) on the
long-term casualty list.
Nottingham Forest will be without Darius Henderson, who was sent
off late in the first half in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Cardiff for
allegedly elbowing Heidar Helguson and will begin a three-game
Fellow striker Simon Cox was omitted from the squad against
Cardiff. It is understood that this may have been because he was on
nine yellow cards for the season and a 10th against the Bluebirds
would have resulted in him missing two of Forest’s remaining four
fixtures through suspension.
Saturday saw all yellow cards wiped out and the accumulation of
bookings will no longer result in bans this campaign so Cox should
rejoin the squad.
Stephen McLaughlin (ankle) remains the only injury absentee. The
winger is still waiting for his first taste of first-team action
since joining the Reds from Derry City in January.
Latics manager Lee Johnson will be without captain James
Family loyalties will be placed to one side as Oldham search for
points to preserve their League One status, while Johnson Snr is
chasing automatic promotion with the Glovers.
Wesolowski was absent as his team-mates battled to a vital 1-0
win over Greater Manchester neighbours Bury at the weekend due to a
slight tear to his medial knee ligament.
The midfielder has undergone a painkilling injection and,
although Tuesday night comes too soon, he may play again this
Johnson told his club’s official website: “James won’t be ready
for Tuesday, but possibly could be for Saturday or he could be out
for the season. We will have to see how it settles.”
Norwich loanee Korey Smith has extended his spell until the end
of the campaign and is expected to continue in central midfield in
Experienced defender Cliff Byrne should be fit once more
following a groin problem, but young striker Dan Taylor (knee) will
not play again this season.
Glovers boss Gary Johnson will be forced into one change to his
starting line-up when he pits his wits against his son.
Dan Burn is suspended for his late red card in the 2-0 victory
over Stevenage on Saturday so Richard Hinds could step into
Johnson has a number of other slight concerns for what is sure
to be a memorable evening for their family.
“We won’t know the team news until Tuesday,” he said. “There are
a couple with a few sniffles and knocks and we have to put out the
best team that we possibly can to win the game.”
Third-placed Yeovil, who have already secured a play-off place,
head north knowing three points would leave them just two behind
the automatic promotion places with two games remaining.
“If we are going to try to reach maximum points then we need to
win our last three games and if we do get the 83 points then we are
waiting for others to slip up,” he added.
Striker Jordan Cook is still with Charlton receiving treatment
for his injury and will once again miss out.