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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Barrow AFC top-scorer Boyes 'touch and go' for Lincoln clash

BARROW AFC are sweating over the fitness of injured star striker Adam Boyes on the eve of their clash at relegation foes Lincoln City (3pm).

The 22-year-old striker, who is Barrow’s leading scorer with 16 goals, has emerged as a doubt for tomorrow’s vital Sincil Bank contest after suffering a calf injury, and subsequently being withdrawn in the dying moments of Tuesday’s 2-0 home win over Woking.

Boyes has since undergone treatment and was rested from training yesterday in a bid to cure his ‘dead leg’.

“Boyesy’s calf has stiffened up a lot so he’s been in with the physio (Sean Riley) and didn’t train on Thursday morning when he was walking around pretty gingerly,” said Barrow assistant boss Ashley Hoskin.

“So it’s touch and go whether he’s going to be fit – it could be 50-50.

“Everybody knows about Boyesy’s 100 per cent work ethic, so he would be a massive loss to us.

“But, if he does miss out, it’s just one of those things that we would have to get on with, although we’ll give him as long as we can before we name Saturday’s team.”

Winger Paul Rutherford also skipped training yesterday as a consequence of the shin injury he sustained on Tuesday following Lee Sawyer’s reckless 56th-minute challenge, which rightly earned the Woking midfielder a straight red card.

But Hoskin expects the 25-year-old to recover in time to take on the Imps after producing some of his finest form of the season against Woking, until he also hobbled off.

“Paul was a little bit sore and stiff (yesterday morning) and he’s also been in with the physio, so we’ve got to manage him properly right up until the game,” added Hoskin.

“But we expect him to train on Friday morning.

“After a tackle like that, he was always going to be a doubt for the game.

“He’s got severe bruising on his shin. But we’ve monitored him and it looks like he should be okay for Saturday.

“Ruthers’s performance on Tuesday ranks up there with one of his best this season.

“What a lot of people don’t take into account is the amount of work Paul gets through in helping out on the defensive side. At times this year, we’ve needed him to dig in and help the full-back which he does a lot.

“But the bottom line is that his job is to get crosses into the box, and he caused Woking all sorts of problems.”

There was more encouraging news as centre-back Sean Hessey, who last played in the 1-0 home win over Luton Town three weeks ago, yesterday resumed light training under the guidance of Riley as he continues his rehabilitation from a ‘serious’ bout of flu.

But it still appears Hessey won’t be thrown straight back into action.

Hoskin said: “Sean’s still very weak so we just put him through his paces a little bit.

“If I’m being honest, I wouldn’t have thought he would be ready to start a 90-minute game.

“He’s had a very serious bit of flu. He’s had a chest infection, sickness and diarrhoea - the full lot all rolled into one.

“He looks like he’s lost a bit of weight as well because he’s not been able to keep anything down. So he’s had it pretty bad.”

Fellow centre-back Danny O’Donnell continues to be ruled out with a shoulder injury, although it is hoped the former Crewe defender could be declared fit within the next week.

But James Owen is available again, after returning from suspension, and Hoskin hinted that the combative engine room grafter could win an instant recall tomorrow, with current central midfield starters Alex-Ray Harvey and Richie Baker among those players in the firing line.

“We’d rather have that good selection problem and have James available,” said Hoskin.

“We’re away from home so we might have to look at things a bit differently in terms of our set-up.”

lThe Bluebirds Development Fund are holding a general knowledge quiz night in the CrossBar tonight. The quiz will start at 8pm and the entry fee is £4 for a team of four. For more details contact Russ Rawley on 0792 192 3785.

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