Mansfield Town will leave it as late as possible to see if goal ace Matt Green can recover in time from a bad tackle that forced him out of last weekend’s home defeat by Accrington Stanley.
Green had just scored his eighth goal of the season before the challenge, which went unpunished, and with Adi Yussuf (groin) also struggling and now ruled out along with Chris Beardsley (shin), Stags are very short in the striker department.
“Greeny is not as bad as we expected though he will be touch and go for the weekend,” said boss Adam Murray.
“It was diabolical to be honest. The kid has cleared him out and the referee was 10 yards away and didn’t see it. He could have really caused some damage to Matt there and it killed us to be honest.
“The injury is his quad but it’s had a knock-on effect to another couple of muscles. So it’s not as simple as it’s just one muscle. It’s had an effect on his joint so we are waiting on that to settle down - hopefully sooner than later.”
On the other injured pair, Murray added: “Adi will be out for about three weeks with his groin. Bless him he tried as he knows we need him, but he came on on Saturday and afterwards apologised. He tried to turn but couldn’t.
“Chris has had his stress fracture and has to go and see another specialist as it’s not healing how it should. At the minute he is only training once a week.
“So in that area we have limited options as to what we can do.”