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Nigel Worthington recruits George Taft and Ryan Brobbel
ON-LOAN signings George Taft and Ryan Brobbel are set go straight into York City’s squad for tomorrow’s League Two clash at Exeter.
Leicester defender Taft and Middlesbrough midfielder Brobbel, both aged 20, are hoping to make their professional debuts at St James Park having agreed one-month deals at Bootham Crescent.
Brobbel, whose move was waiting for Football League approval last night, might need to settle for a place on the bench but former England under-20 international Taft is expected to start against the Grecians with David McGurk having suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury and 18-year-old Tom Allan likely to be taken out of the firing line following the error that led to Bristol Rovers’ second goal in last weekend’s 3-2 defeat.
On his swoop for the duo from the Championship, City boss Nigel Worthington said: “George is 6ft 4in or 6ft 5in tall and he will give us a bit more presence and strength in depth at the back.
“He’s come here to get first-team experience and he’s a very good, young player. Ryan is an attacking player who can play wide and give us cover for the next month because of the injuries we have.”
Richard Cresswell is the latest addition to physio Jeff Miller’s treatment room with an eye injury and is unlikely to feature in Devon, along with McGurk and the suspended Ryan Bowman.
Estonian international Sander Puri and striker Wes Fletcher could be in contention, though, having shown encouraging progress in their respective recoveries from hamstring and ankle problems.
“Wes and Sander are both 50-50 so we will see how they are tomorrow morning,” Worthington revealed.
“Dave McGurk won’t travel though and Crezzie has an eye issue we are trying to deal with at the moment so he will probably be out.
“He’s had it for about ten days now and it’s come to a bit of a head so we need to get to the bottom of it.”
McGurk’s latest setback continues his frustrating year-and-a-half struggle with injuries following previous calf, knee and throat problems.The 30-year-old defender has not appeared in more than five consecutive first-team games since New Year’s Day 2012 with Worthington adding: “It’s all very stop-start for the lad and you need mental strength to deal with that.
“I don’t like it as a manager and he doesn’t like it as a player but we have to hope it clears up sooner.”
Allan has started the last two games in McGurk’s absence but Worthington hinted the York-born teenager might now benefit from a return to the substitutes’ bench.
“Sometimes you have to know when to put players in and when to take them back out to protect them, show them DVDs and talk them through things,” the City boss reasoned.
“You have to do what is right for the individual but I have stated my feelings as far as young players are concerned. If they do their job well, then it’s up to somebody else to get them out the team.”
Having conceded five goals and failed to pick up a point during their opening two fixtures on the road this term, Worthington is also calling on his team to ensure City avoid racking up a third successive away defeat for the first time since February 2011.
He said: “We have had two away defeats and we have got to put that right by being more resilient and rough and ready.”
Bowman will begin his three-match ban this weekend and, having witnessed his dismissal on the match DVD, Worthington can still offer no defence for the 21-year-odl forward’s actions, saying: “I’ve had a look at the incident several times.
“I think Ryan’s arm movement towards their player’s midriff was what the linesman saw. The referee imitated that gesture when he sent him off and you can’t do that. Their player was probably more shrewd when he stayed down but that’s all part of the game.”
The additions of Taft and Brobbel will mean City have four loan players – one short of the number allowed in a matchday squad - but Worthington has not ruled out a further arrival before Monday night’s deadline for permanent transfers.
He said: “I am only allowed one more loan signing but, if somebody was out there who we wanted to do something with on a permanent basis, we would certainly look at that.”
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