ARGYLE will go into their home Sky Bet League Two clash against Carlisle United next weekend without talismanic midfielder Danny Mayor.
Danny picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 1-1 draw against Swindon Town at the Energy Check County Ground and will be suspended for the visit of the Cumbrians.
On the every-cloud-has-a-silver-lining principle, manager Ryan Lowe thinks that Danny’s enforced absence could benefit him after he played against the Robins only following a pain-killing injection on his ankle. That contributed to a performance that smacked of exasperation.
Ryan said: “He’s got a free week now. He can’t play next week, so it might be a little bit of freshness that he needs because he’s played a majority of the games.
“He hasn’t trained all week because of his ankle; he’s had an injection to play [at Swindon]. So you have to give a little bit of leeway there.
“He is frustrated at times because he does get dragged around, kicked and pushed. It’s football; it’s a contact sport – we know that. He’s a man, he can take it – we’ve seen the qualities of Dan already – but there’s certain times in certain games when he’s not going to flourish all the time.
“But he’s a match-winner and we need to keep him on the pitch.”
Ryan thought about resting his star playmaker, but Danny had other ideas.
Ryan said: “When you’ve got the lad coming to you, saying he wants to play and he doesn’t want to let down the fans, the club, his team-mates and I suppose me and the staff…he’s a match-winner, so when you’ve got match-winners in your squad and the team, of course you’ve got to play them.”