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Macca to miss the trip to Cheltenham

Head Coach Mark Robinson previews Saturday's visit to Gloucestershire

18 March 2022

Midfielder Luke McCormick will miss Saturday’s League One trip to Cheltenham Town having injured his ankle in training on Thursday.

“Luke blocked a cross in training yesterday and turned his ankle,” said Head Coach Mark Robinson. “We just can’t seem to grab a break with injuries at the moment.

“Luke was due to get a scan this afternoon to see how bad it is. He seemed a lot more positive this morning than he did yesterday, but obviously with the disappointment of getting injured that can make the pain feel even worse. I had a chat with him this morning and he’s still in discomfort, but it’s not as bad as it was yesterday. We’ll see what the scan reveals, but hopefully it’s not too long term.”

There Is better news concerning striker Sam Cosgrove (back) who will be with the squad for the visit to Gloucestershire.

“Sam trained yesterday, which was good,” said Robbo. “We wanted to see how he was. He trained today, so he’s fully in contention. Egli Kaja is well on his way back now and training and the same with Henry Lawrence, who has had a really good week. Having lost Cheye Alexander for the season, Henry is now back in with us and doing well.

“It won’t affect tomorrow’s game, but we’ve had Terry Ablade (Finland), Tomas (Lithuania) as well as Dan Csoka (Hungary) all called-up at under-21 level.”

The two sides have met twice already this season at the Cherry Red Records Stadium and both games have produced plenty of goals. We beat Cheltenham 4-3 to knock them out of the FA Cup in December and it finished 2-2 at the start of February in the league.

“They recruited well in January,” said Robbo. “They’ve recruited well up top, with Alfie May scoring for them. We know quite a bit about Cheltenham, and I was pleased with our performances against them. In the cup, we played really well, but then let them back into the game. In the league, I thought we were dominant.

“We know the areas we need to improve on to bring about the wins. That’s what we’ve been working on all week and despite the disappointment of losing Macca, the lads are in great spirits, and we need to put it right on Saturday.”

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