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Gaffer Reports Injuries, by Champions Continuity

20 April 2018

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ARGYLE are set to face Northampton on Saturday without frontman Ryan Taylor.

Taylor missed last weekend’s stalemate with Portsmouth at Home Park after picking up an injury in training, and looks set to miss out this weekend.

Manager Derek Adams said: “He (Taylor) is out for Saturday; he is not fit he has an ankle injury. We are hopeful its not too long, it just depends how quickly it settles down. I couldn’t tell you how long it will be until he is back. It really is in Ryan’s hands at this moment in time. It’s just the time until his ankle settles down and he feels comfortable to play. It’s not a serious injury, it’s just something that is keeping him out at this moment in time.”

There was some good news with Adams saying that Antoni Sarcevic had resumed full training on Monday and that Remi Matthews returned to training following the birth of his daughter. Adams is left with a difficult decision about who will play in between the posts for Argyle after Kyle Letheren returned to the starting line up, and conceded just one goal in two games.

“He’s (Sarcevic) back in full time training,” said Adams.“We are just assessing him, he came back on Monday and had been running before that. So, it just depends on how he feels between now and the end of the season. That depends on how he gets on this morning and Friday, so we will just wait and see.

“He’s (Matthews) back and in full training. Him and Kyle are training away and I’m obviously going to have to make a decision if it’s Kyle or Remi in goal on Saturday.It’s always a difficult decision to make because we have good goalkeepers at the football club. When that happens it’s a good situation to be in. His daughter is home now, and still being monitored but the situation is better than it was.

“He has enjoyed his time here and he wants to continue playing between now and the end of the season. Himself Kyle and Luke have competition with Michael Cooper.”

Adams believes the main reason his Pilgrims side have been able to turn their season around is by having the continuity within the club as well as the superb backing from the Green Army.

“I think it just shows you that perseverance and belief is a big thing,” Derek said. “Continuity in football clubs is an even bigger thing; if you look at the teams around about the bottom they haven’t had any continuity over a number of years now.

“The great success we are having on the pitch transforms areas off the pitch as well. It enables them to allow the supporters to go out and watch the game and it generates extra income for the football club. It’s great that the supporters are able to watch the game here, we have a huge following us to both games. As they can’t get to the game it is a situation that benefits everybody.”


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