Oldham v Yeovil preview

BY foxsports • April 16, 2013

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 ban.

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 Wesolowski.

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 term.

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 Wesolowski's absence.

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 defence.

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.


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