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MANAGER'S PREVIEW: LINCOLN CITY (A)

28 January 2022

BURTON Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says Jonny Smith will be back in the Brewers squad for tomorrow's trip to Lincoln City.

But centre-back Ryan Leak continues to miss out due to a head injury sustained in training earlier in the week.

Smith missed the 1-0 defeat to MK Dons in midweek with a sore hamstring, but has since come through training unscathed.

“Jonny Smith is back," confirmed Hasselbaink in his pre-Lincoln City press conference.

"He has (had) two days where he didn’t train, he trained yesterday with the physios and had no bad reaction.

“He then trained again today so tomorrow he will be in the squad.

“Ryan Leak will not be available for tomorrow however through injury.”

Hasselbaink also confirmed that Sam Hughes would be available to play following a clash of heads in Tuesday’s loss to MK Dons, in which he had to receive treatment and dressing.

Ahead of tomorrow’s game, the manager said tomorrow will be a good test for his side and is hopeful he will receive a good response to that midweek defeat.

“They have always been a very good side, and a side that have always had certain types of players that play unlike other League One sides play," said Hasselbaink.

“It is going to be a good test for us, and we want to see a good response after Tuesday night.

“They have brought in a few players such as (Morgan) Whittaker, (Liam) Cullen and (John) Marquis which will help them and that has given them a lift.

“They are a very good side, but so are we on our day.”

The Brewers also saw some more departures today with Kieran Wallace and Aaron Amadi-Holloway. Wallace has joined Mansfield Town on a permanent transfer while Amadi-Holloway heads to Barrow on loan.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink spoke on the departures, giving his best wishes to the pair.

“Kieran got injured last year, we as a club felt we had to give him the security so he could rehabilitate and get back on his feet with us," said Hasselbaink.

“He has found a place in Mansfield where he can play, he is a really good kid and he needs to play football.

“Aaron is a technically good target man, but it was difficult to fit him into our plans and he has therefore gone up to Barrow on loan.

“He wanted to play and I understand that, it is a good move for him.”


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