Wingman Xav Amaechi may finally be cleared for lift-off as injury-hit Wanderers aim to keep looking up.
Amaechi is still to make a full debut for Wanderers following his summer loan signing from Hamburg.
But with Lloyd Isgrove added to the Whites’ lengthy injury list and top scorer Dapo Afolayan out of Saturday’s visit of Cheltenham Town through suspension, Amaechi could be pushing for a starting slot.
“We have to err on the side of caution because he’s been out for a long, long time,” said boss Ian Evatt, who has given the former England U20 international four outings via the bench since his recovery from a broken bone in his foot.
“He’s had a pretty bad injury but he’s dedicated himself really well to get himself back fit.
“We’ve had to pull the reins in him in a little bit on him.
“He’s been telling me he’s ready to start games but we’ve monitored the minutes and increased them steadily and slowly but surely.
“But now’s his time, really, to step up to the plate.”
Evatt may have just 12 senior players available for the visit of the in-form Robins, who are one place and one point above Wanderers in the top half of League One.
But Evatt’s men are aiming for a hat-trick of home league wins after beating Doncaster Rovers 3-0 on Tuesday night.
“We’re going to need everybody,” added the Wanderers’ boss.
“We’re probably going to need to put round pegs in square holes a little but we coach them and we give them information.
“They understand what’s required from every position.
“We’ve won two of the last three games and the other was a good performance against Wycombe.
“You saw what Wycombe did at Plymouth the other night (won 3-0), so they’re a good side.
“We have to find a way. We’re depleted, of course, and decimated with injuries but we can still win football matches by finding a way and we have to do that again on Saturday.”
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