NONE of the players currently on Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s injury list will return ahead of the Brewers EFL Sky Bet League One clash at Cambridge United.
During today’s pre-match press conference, Hasselbaink confirmed that Kane Hemmings, Deji Oshilaja and Jacob Maddox will not be fit to travel with the squad ahead of the game and will all require longer on the sidelines.
The Brewers manager stated that he’s hoping striker Hemmings is close to a return but isn’t quite ready just yet.
“Tomorrow is too early for Kane. Next week he will be back with the group,” said Hasselbaink.
He also confirmed that ankle injuries to both Oshilaja and Maddox will keep them out for a longer period than Hemmings.
“Deji is going to be another couple of weeks,” added Hasselbaink.
“Jacob is going to be a few more weeks as well. Next week hopefully we will get him out of his boot and be in the gym to do stabilisation on his ankle, along with Deji.”
Michael Bostwick is also another player that has a slight injury problem.
Hasselbaink confirmed he has a slight Achilles niggle, but could still be involved tomorrow at the Abbey Stadium.
The Brewers boss says that, while there is a good feeling about the Brewers camp following three consecutive wins at the start of the League One season, nothing is being taken for granted within the group.
“There is a good feeling, but on the other hand you also know that the game starts all over again with a clean sheet for both teams,” he said.
“We do want to bring that good feeling into a game but it’s going to be a tough match against Cambridge, and different things will have to be done.
“But we need to look for that performance, that energy, that togetherness – from there if we can pass, get in the final third and be dangerous, we can try to score goals.”