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Evatt Hopeful On Santos Reprieve

Wanderers await appeal verdict on skipper as they plan for Charlton test

7 February 2022

Wanderers are waiting to hear whether Ricardo Almeida Santos will be free to lead them out against Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night.

Santos was sent off for a deliberate handball offence in front of goal during the Whites’ 1-1 draw at Morecambe on Saturday.

But Wanderers have appealed the decision, believing the ball struck the defender – who has been a tower of strength for Ian Evatt’s men in recent games – across the chest and shoulder.

The case was set to be heard at some point on Monday with Evatt hopeful of a positive outcome and the chance to pick Santos as Wanderers go looking for a fourth successive home win.

“We’ve got the appeal lodged for Ricardo’s red and we’re waiting to hear back of that,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“I understand there’s a panel being bought to together today and look at the evidence and make a decision on that.

“We’re very hopeful. We’ll see how that goes and, fingers crossed, he’ll be available.”

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One player certain to be back in the squad is Gethin Jones after the highly influential defender missed the weekend trip to Morecambe as a precautionary measure.

Jones has had four starts since recovering from a stress fracture in his lower leg – finishing on the winning team each time.

And Evatt is pleased to welcome him back at the start of a big week which sees 10th-placed Wanderers take on a Charlton side on the same points’ total before going to fifth-placed Oxford United on Saturday.

“He’d played a lot of games in a short space of time,” Evatt added.

“He had a bit of soreness after the game last Tuesday so we had to look after him and give him some extra recovery time.

“He’s come through that fine and trained really well today.

“We have lots of options and lots of games coming up, with two very important games this week.

“We’ve got Charlton who are going well and Oxford on Saturday, who we are trying to hunt down.

“We’ve got two big games, two games we need to win. We’ll have a look at our options and pick teams accordingly.”


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