REUBEN Reid will not play in Argyle’s final game of the season at Shrewsbury Town...
...but manager John Sheridan is not planning to make wholesale changes to his line-up at Greenhous Meadow.
Reid, Argyle top goalscorer with 20 goals to his name, has been carrying a foot injury for several weeks, and will be given a chance to allow it to heal, in preparation for an expected play-off campaign.
Argyle sit three points ahead of nearest rivals Luton as the race for the seventh spot comes to a climax; Luton must win, hope Argyle lose, and turn around an eight goal deficit in order to usurp the Pilgrims.
Sheridan says he intends to take the game at promoted Shrewsbury seriously, but is not prepared to risk his leading marksman.
“Reuben won’t be involved,” said John. “It gives me an opportunity - and I feel confident enough – to give him a little rest. He has had an injection in his foot, and hopefully the rest will benefit him.
“If we needed to win the game, he would be playing.”
The manager is weighing up whether to rest other players suffering from minor injuries, but other than Reid and Lee Cox, who has not passed muster, Sheridan will be picking from his full recent squad. Defenders Peter Hartley and Carl McHugh have both played through a pain barrier in recent games, but John believes both are likely to play on Saturday.
He said: “There are one or two little knocks; whether I rest one or two people [remains to be seen]. I’m cautious of knowing that we need to be professional and get the right result.
“[Hartley and McHugh’s injuries] are just little knocks, but they are both fit. They both want to play, but I’ll make a decision. I’m going to put a strong team out – we don’t want to put ourselves under any pressure.
“If I was a player I wouldn’t want to be rested. It gives me a chance to rest one or two, but I will probably put my strongest team out.”