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Heeley ready to call in some new faces
2:00pm Monday 4th February 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
WORCESTER City are considering bringing in new players to cover for the injury crisis that has enveloped the squad.
City are facing the possibility of being without up to five players for this Saturday’s trip to Stalybridge Celtic through injury and unavailability.
Winger Greg Mills is a major doubt after pulling his hamstring during last weekend’s 2-2 draw against Vauxhall Motors at St George’s Lane.
On-loan forward Kyle Patterson missed the game through illness, midfielder Matt Birley played despite being under the weather and defender Tyler Weir is still having tests following his fall and facial injury.
Fellow defender Shabir Khan is on international duty with Pakistan, while keeper Matt Sargeant has been recalled from Chasetown after James Dormand injured his knee.
With Worcester, who only had four subs on the bench against the Motormen, also hosting Solihull Moors next Monday, Heeley has not ruled out recruiting.
“It may be something we’ll have to consider based on the number of injuries and unavailability we’ve got,” he said.
“Greg pulled up sharply and that isn’t generally good news so let’s just hope it’s not too bad. But he’s definitely feeling his hamstring so it doesn’t look great for him, certainly for this weekend.
“He’s been a big player for us but injuries are part and parcel of the game. It’s frustrating but we can’t do anything.
“It gives opportunities to other lads but we are a little bit light on numbers at the moment.”
Meanwhile, Heeley wants to see his team produce more of the football that led up to Danny Glover’s second equaliser against Vauxhall Motors.
According to the manager, the move showed his team, who remain sixth in Blue Square Bet North, have what it takes to force their way into the play-offs.
He said: “I know what we’re capable of because we showed it in the second-half against Histon and for 90 minutes against Droylsden.
“But in the first-half against Histon we also showed that we can miss-fire as well and I thought overall we miss-fired last Saturday.
“The frustration for me is situations like our second goal because that was great football and a wonderful goal. We’re capable but we’re just striving for that consistency. At home we’re showing glimpses but not enough of it to win the game.”
Worcester have rearranged their home match against Gainsborough Trinity for Monday, March 18 (7.45pm).
The game was due to take place tonight but was moved because Trinity play in the FA Trophy tomorrow.
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