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Similar Squad

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11:31 22nd January 2014

Crawley discussions ongoing

Kenny Jackett says there is unlikely to be much change to his squad from that which was available for last weekend’s game with Crawley Town, which was ultimately postponed.

The Head Coach will assess the progress of Matt Doherty after he continued his comeback with an hour for the Under-21s against Chelsea on Monday night, and he may have Jack Price back in the ranks after the midfielder returned to training this week.

But that aside it is expected to be a similar squad to that which had been set to travel to Crawley until Friday’s announcement of the postponement.

“I don’t think it made any difference in terms of availability from last weekend to this one,” said Jackett.

“Perhaps Jack Price will be available – he trained on Monday and I wouldn’t have taken him to Crawley.

Aaron McCarey had a bad back but he was fine by Friday morning.

“I think it will be a very similar group of players for the next couple of games.

“Ethan Ebanks-Landell played 90 minutes for the Under-21s so should be available as well.

“Carl Ikeme is still progressing – he’s about three weeks into his recovery and is still a number of weeks away.

“He’s not near to joining us in the group as yet.”

Discussions are continuing in terms of a rearranged date for that trip to Crawley, with Jackett remaining philosophical about the postponement.

“Of course we’d prefer to play it quickly but there’s not a right or a wrong in those situations,” he said.

“You miss a couple of games, do you play or not?

“I think you’ve just got to take it as it comes – I don’t you can plan it or think one scenario is better than the other.

“What I do know is if you have too many called off it stacks up towards the end of the season and it makes it very difficult.

“Generally you’d like to play the games for when they’re scheduled.”

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