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Gareth names himself in matchday squad

Boss to sit on bench due to mounting injury list.

31 October 2017

Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth is set to name himself on the bench for tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy tie with Swindon Town (k.o. 7.45pm) due to a mounting injury list at the club.

The Chairboys were without eight players for Saturday’s draw with Cheltenham Town, with Sido Jombati, Anthony Stewart, Scott Kashket, Michael Harriman, Nathan Tyson, Jack Williams, Josh Umerah and Dan Scarr all sidelined through a variety of problems.

Ainsworth, 44, last featured for the club 14 months ago, in a Checkatrade Trophy win at Northampton Town, having originally called time on his playing career at the end of the 2012/13 season.

He explained: “Other than the start of last season, I can’t remember a time during my managerial career when we’ve had such a long injury list.

“We’ve had a long look at the situation and tried to pinpoint why that might be, but we’ve been training exactly the same as we have done for the last three or four years, and in fact most of the problems are contact injuries which are unavoidable.

“A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to look at the data from our training sessions and the condition of each individual player. It’s a meticulous process carried out by our expert medical team and you can’t legislate for these freak injuries which have been cropping up.

“We’ve had a busy October with that long trip to Carlisle and now another midweek game, and we need to make sure we don’t overwork the boys, so there may be a few changes tonight. If it means that I need to pull the boots on again then so be it.

“I keep myself fit and I join in with training from time to time, so I’ll be ready if required, but we’re going to Swindon looking for the win and I’m confident the team I pick will be more than capable of doing just that.”

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