22nd March 2014
ARGYLE manager John Sheridan is confident that his in-form squad will remain strong in the Sky Bet League 2 run-in despite the loss of two key forwards.
A hamstring injury late in Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory over league leaders Chesterfield will keep Lewis Alessandra out of action for around a month.
Tope Obadeyi will return to parent-club Bury when his loan expires following Tuesday's eagerly-anticipated Devon Expressway Derby against Exeter City at Home Park.
“It’s going to be fours weeks, probably," said John, of Lewi's injury. It’s a similar [injury] to what Jason Banton had, and he was out three or four weeks.
“Hopefully, it will heal quickly. He has never done it before. It’s just a crying shame, because he has been playing so well for us and he was in really good form.
"To get an injury at this time of the season is really hard, but he will heal quickly and hopefully we can pick up some good results without him.
“It is just one of those injuries that there is not a lot you can do about. Hopefully he’s a quick healer and he will be back toward the last few games. We should still be in a good position where he could help us to push on.”
Tope's loan reaches its limit after Tuesday's game, so Saturday's match at Accrington Stanley will be his last away match for the Pilgrims.
John said: "I knew the situation when I brought him in. I could only bring him in for so long. He will be well involved again both the games on Saturday and Tuesday.
“Hopefully he can just help us get points. When he goes, I will have to think about it, but I have got plenty of players who can play there. I’ve got [Marvin] Morgan, Banton, and [Rommy] Boco.
“I have got a big squad to pick from. I believe that, whoever I pick, we will get results and if I make changes we will get the results we are after. I want them to play, because we are winning games.”