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Doubtful Thomas

10 October 2014

NATHAN Thomas will see a specialist on Friday as a precaution after being substituted during Tuesday night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie with Swindon Town.

Making his first home start of the 2014-15 campaign, Thomas was forced off in the first half of Argyle’s 3-2 victory after suffering an asthma attack. 

Nathan was taken to Derriford Hospital half way through the first half, and will check back in to ensure there is no serious problem. He will therefore not be part of Argyle's travelling party to the Wirral, as they meet Tranmere Rovers on Saturday. 

Said Sherdian: “(Nathan has) got asthma, unfortunately he had to go off as he had a bit of an asthma attack.

“He’s off to see a specialist, but hopefully everything’s okay with him. Hopefully everything will go well.

“He’s not involved Saturday”. 

Apart from Thomas, there is an almost clean bill of health at the club, with long-term injury sufferers Ben Purrington and Matt Lecointe the only other two men ruled out of yet another trek to the north-west of the country.

Argyle fielded several fringe players on Tuesday night's win, and some good performances have given John Sheridan another selection headache. 

“I can’t pick and choose everyone," he said. "One or two people need football.

“Some players are playing on a regular basis and there’s others who aren’t getting a lot of football; you expect them to come in and compete and play with those who play regularly, and it’s difficult.”

Sheridan handed Argyle youth graduate Aaron Bentley his Argyle debut Tuesday night in Argyle’s 3-2 win over Swindon Town in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, with the 18-year-old appearing for the final few, nail-biting minutes. 

Jason Banton, hobbled off during Argyle’s 1-0 home loss against Wycombe, almost returned Tuesday night. He was an unused substitute. Sheridan admitted that he would have liked to have offered both Banton and Bentley more game time.  

John said that, “It was a shame. I wanted to bring him (Aaron) on before they scored, and Jason.

“If the game stayed 3-0 I would’ve.

“He’s (Aaron) been training with us. He’s been getting in with that environment and Swindon would have given us a good test.”


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