The Missing Seven

ARGYLE manager Derek Adams will be without seven senior players for Saturday’s visit of Fleetwood Town to Home Park in Sky Bet League One.

Injuries have been a constant source of frustration throughout the campaign for the Greens and the promising form of Conor Grant was sorely missed in the 5-1 defeat to Luton last Saturday. He will not be back in time to face Joey Barton’s team. 

It comes as no surprise to the boss that Conor had done so well at left-back in the weeks previous to his injury, having watched him during a loan spell in Scotland.

“No ,[I’m not surprised] I watched him when he played left midfield for Motherwell, left-back and right-back, where you see a lot of the ball,” said Derek. “He’s a good user of the ball, so it doesn’t surprise me.”

Aside from those in the treatment room, Graham Carey picked up his fifth booking of the season at Luton and will sit out Saturday’s game. Derek will have to do some juggling with a threadbare squad, which, in essence, is missing an entire defence

Depleted we may be, but it could be a chance for a young Pilgrim who has been catching the eye on the international stage. Having made three appearances for Wales in the Under-19 European Championship Qualifiers, Luke Jephcott’s efforts have not gone unnoticed back home.

“Joe Riley, [Scott] Wootton, Gary Sawyer, [Ryan] Edwards; we have a back four there all out injured,” said Derek. “We have doubts about [Jamie] Ness this weekend and an issue with Antoni Sarcevic, who has a knee injury. We have Graham Carey suspended as well, so, from our point of view, that’s seven that are possibly going to be out for this weekend.

“Its progress [for Luke], he’s been playing for the Welsh team. Unfortunately, they got beat by Scotland, which was disappointing for them. It’s good for him that he’s in the Welsh team, he’s progressing well, he started the first two games and was a substitute in the last game. “

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