NIGEL Clough says that his Brewers team couldn’t face three tougher away games in succession than those coming up this month.
The Brewers travel to Sheffield United tomorrow night, Wolves on Saturday and then Cardiff on Good Friday – all three teams chasing promotion.
The Brewers manager said: “We have two tough ones this week and then a little break before going to Cardiff. They could not be any tougher.
“But we are looking forward to Sheffield United. The pitch will be immaculate as always. The home games against us and Nottingham Forest on Saturday could well dictate whether they make the play offs or not. There is a bit of pressure on them. It’s difficult for a lot of teams at the moment winning games in the Championship."
The Brewers lost Lucas Akins on Saturday with a hamstring injury picked up against Bristol City and Liam Boyce also left the pitch with a swollen ankle. Ben Turner and John Brayford have calf injuries and Will Miller’s knee injury will keep him out for the rest of the season. Jacob Davenport and Martin Samuelsen are still shaking off illness.
Clough said: “It’s unlikely at this stage that Lucas, Ben and John will play this week. It’s important that all the others stay fit.
“Lucas is one of the first names on the team sheet. You have seen his value to us in the last few weeks with his versatility. He’s an important member of the team and the fittest payer we have got.
“With the international break coming up we might have to take a risk or two with injuries depending on how close people are. That will be the message to those players available. Give it everything you have got and take a rest after Saturday.”