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8 January 2019

Club News


8 January 2019

NIGEL Clough will assess midfielder Stephen Quinn and defender John Brayford in training ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final away at Manchester City.

Quinn was substituted 12 minutes into our 4-0 win over Rochdale having started that game having felt a tight groin in the goalless draw at Bristol Rovers on New Year’s Day.

Brayford (hamstring) missed out that Rochdale win, with Ben Fox deputising at right-back and Ben Turner partnering Jake Buxton at centre-half in his absence.

“We’ll see how Stephen Quinn and John Brayford are in training on Tuesday, and if they can make the squad,” said Clough. 

“They’re the main two (concerns). Scott Fraser came through (the Rochdale game) okay, and Jamie Allen’s ankle is still sore but he got through the game.”

Clough was delighted to see striker Liam Boyce back on the pitch and among the goals - the Northern Irish international netting within 20 minutes of returning to action following a three-week lay-off with a thigh injury.

“Liam Boyce got back on the pitch, which is a big bonus, so hopefully there’ll be no reaction from him,” Clough added. 

“He’ll be available as well. He’s not been out too long, which is good - he’s not lost too much fitness. 

“The plan was always to get him on the pitch for about half-an-hour if we could (at Rochdale). 

“It worked perfectly, and getting a goal was perfect.” 

Kyle McFadzean (abdomen) and Marvin Sordell (knee) remain sidelined.

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