Worksop Town closely monitoring injured duo's progress ahead of Sheffield FC visit
Worksop Town manager Kyle Jordan is closely monitoring the progress of injured duo Lynton Karkach and Steven Wankiewicz ahead of Saturday's crucial home encounter with Sheffield FC.
The pair were missing in the 3-0 defeat at Leek Town last Saturday which left the Tigers marooned in mid-table in the BetVictor NPL South East Division standings.
Leek showed why they are setting a blistering pace at the division's summit to run out victors after goals from Robert Stevenson and a couple from Timothy Grice on either side of half-time.
It puts them five points ahead of their nearest challengers Stamford with a game in hand - while 12th-placed Worksop's boss Jordan didn't want the result to setback his side's progress.
But admitted he needs as many players available as possible going into the last 15 league games, starting with the visit of Sheffield FC to Sandy Lane on Saturday (1st February, 3pm).
"Vank [Steven Wankiewicz] is struggling with his knee, he managed to play through it on Tuesday night. Linny [Lynton Karkach] is poorly.
"It’s no secret that we are struggling financially. We’re very light on bodies and the last thing I need is for someone to give half the team a bug.
"Linny will hopefully train on Tuesday, and Vank, I’m not so sure at this moment in time," said Jordan after the defeat at table-topping Leek, who have won nine and drawn one of their 10 home games so far this season.
And the Tigers manager reserved special praise for the club's impressive away following at the league leader's Harrison Park.
"The fans were brilliant today - they’ve not shut up all game. They love it, they live and breathe Worksop, like myself.
"They appreciate what the boys are trying to do. I’m sure it was frustrating for them; it’s very frustrating for me. They were absolutely outstanding. I’ve never seen a club that’s capable of bringing supporters up and down the country.
"They’re an absolute credit to the club, they have been for a long time and I’m sure they will continue to be.
"They were still singing right at the final whistle. The players have gone and shown that they appreciate it, as do I," added Jordan.