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Evatt's Team Selection 'Goes Down To The Wire'

Health and fitness checks for a number of players ahead of Wycombe trip

18 November 2021

Ian Evatt will need to hold a roll call before Wanderers board the team bus to Wycombe as he looks to piece together a side capable of getting over the Whites’ FA Cup shock.

Wanderers missed midfielder MJ Williams and frontman Eoin Doyle (calf injury) as they went out of the cup to Stockport County in a 5-3 extra-time defeat.

Defender Gethin Jones is another senior man still sidelined, while midfield dynamo Josh Sheehan was today (Thursday) undergoing a scan on the knee injury which forced him off at the end of the first half at Edgeley Park.

Williams’ absence was keenly felt and Evatt has his fingers crossed that his midfield general is able to shrug off a bout of illness to extend his ever-present league record with Wanderers at Adams Park on Saturday.

“He’s been back in today feeling much better,” said Evatt.

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“The doc gave him some meds on Tuesday which has helped him.

“Dapo was suffering yesterday but still wanted to put himself forward and play (at Stockport).

“He’s off today and we’re hopeful he’ll be okay for the weekend and there are two or three others who have been dealing with it.

“It’s going around at the moment and we seem to be suffering.

“It’s going to go down to the wire. I don’t want to reveal too much because we’re still in a place where there are lots of ifs, buts and maybes.

“It’s not an excuse. We have to adapt and overcome and we’ll do the best we can to put the best and strongest possible team out on Saturday.”

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Wanderers face a quick turn-around following Wednesday night’s cup exit as they look to make amends for a performance described by Evatt as ‘unacceptable’.

And despite the personnel problems facing his squad ahead of the trip to Wycombe, whose FA Cup defeat to Hartlepool United on Tuesday night was their third successive home loss, Evatt is expecting a positive response.

“I’d like to think we’ll learn from last night and we’ll progress and move on past it,” added the Wanderers’ boss.

“It’s in adversity which really shapes and is the mark of the man.

“And we have to keep calm, be composed and make sure we come out swinging on Saturday.”


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