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Robbo to check on Rudi ahead of Plymouth

Update from our Head Coach ahead of home game

16 September 2021

Mark Robinson said he will check on the fitness of Jack Rudoni before selecting his squad to face Plymouth Argyle at Plough Lane on Saturday.

The midfielder missed the trip to Morecambe with a muscle injury, but he’s made progress since then.

“Rudi was back training, but not with us today,” said Robbo. “I am not sure if he will be available to be on the bench on Saturday, we will have to see. He will step his training up tomorrow, but it certainly looks more promising for next Wednesday against Arsenal. It’s probably a little bit too soon for Saturday.”

Luke McCormick will provide another attacking option with Robbo having decided against risking him for the 4-3 win up in Lancashire. We earlier announced that Paul Kalambayi is facing an injury lay-off, but Dan Csoka is back in contention, though Saturday may come too soon for Paul Osew.

“Luke had a dead leg, hence why he was on the bench, but we probably could have used him,” added Robbo. “Now he is absolutely fine. Dan is all good, he’s looking really good in training. With Paul Osew, it might be a little too soon for him on Saturday, and we are hoping he might be available on Wednesday.”

This week offered the rarity in recent times of no midweek match, and Robbo has used the time effectively to get the squad focused on the challenges ahead, starting with Plymouth on Saturday.

“It’s been good, and it has been really busy. We just had a look at the schedule and that was part of our presentation to the lads about how busy it’s going to get. We need everyone focused and ready because we have a lot of midweek games coming up.

“I think all games in League One are tough, and this won’t be any different. We’ve watched Plymouth and their performance against Sheffield Wednesday was outstanding. They will know what to expect from us, so they will be absolutely at it, and we go into every game respecting the opposition and expecting a tough game. We know we will have to be at our very best to get something out of it.

“Out of all the games we’ve played I think last Saturday was the one when the score-line really flattered the opposition – and their manager admitted that when we spoke afterwards. It was one of those games and I don’t think they had any real sustained pressure throughout the game. We had 19 attempts at goal to their seven, so I don’t think the score-line showed what a dominant performance it was.

“We are always working to tighten up, but at the same time if you are going to be the top scorers in English football there might be something to give here and there, although we don’t want that. We would much rather be winning three or four nil, but that doesn’t come easily.”

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