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Transfer deadline passes by as Nigel Worthington stays calm
YORK City manager Nigel Worthington saw no reason to “panic” as the transfer deadline for permanent signings passed with no activity at Bootham Crescent last night.
The Minstermen currently have 23 professionals on their books and youth-team striker Tom Chamberlain was also given his debut as a second-half substitute during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Exeter.
A suspension to Ryan Bowman, coupled with injuries to David McGurk (hamstring), Richard Cresswell (eye), Sander Puri (hamstring) and Wes Fletcher (ankle), meant the Minstermen were a little understrength in Devon.
But Puri and Fletcher are easing closer to comebacks and it is also hoped that McGurk and Cresswell will not be long-term absentees.
With the transfer window closing, any new addition would either have to be made on a loan basis or be somebody not currently attached to any club.
Worthington presently has four loan players at his disposal in Chris Kettings, Ben Davies, George Taft and Ryan Brobbel.
The maximum any team can name in a matchday squad is five and the City chief is comfortable with that situation.
He said: “I didn’t see any need to panic before the window closed because, in another seven days, we will have the option of the loan market again.
“We have also got a good group of players and, hopefully, we will get two or three back from injury this week and be all right.
“We are hopeful that Sander and Fletch will be fit this week. Crezzie might be a week to ten days and it might be the same length of time for Dave McGurk.”
Puri has, however, been ruled out of Estonia’s World Cup qualifying match in Holland on Friday.
On-loan goalkeeper Chris Kettings, meanwhile, is expected to be in the Netherlands for Scotland under-21s’ match against the Dutch on Thursday but will return for City’s home match against AFC Wimbledon.
But new loan signing Brobbel is expected to be unavailable for the Wombles clash because of Northern Ireland U21s’ fixture against their Belgium counterparts on Monday.
Elsewhere, York Minstermen will hold their monthly quiz night on Thursday in the Pitchside Bar at Bootham Crescent.
It starts at 8.30pm with the bar open from 7pm and costs £1.50 per person to enter with a maximum of five members per team.
Prizes include beer, lager and drinks vouchers.
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