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York City manager Nigel Worthington keen to keep winger Ryan Brobbel
YORK City are hoping to extend Ryan Brobbel’s loan spell at Bootham Crescent beyond tomorrow’s eagerly-anticipated home match with Portsmouth.
The Pompey clash is due to be the last game of Brobbel’s one-month spell from Middlesbrough.
But Minstermen chief Nigel Worthington is keen to keep the 20-year-old winger on board, having witnessed him claim a goal and an assist during his two starts for the North Yorkshire outfit.
“I will be speaking to Middlesbrough over the next couple of days to see if we can extend Ryan’s loan,” Worthington revealed.
“He has done very well and I am pleased with him.
“He has added something to us and I will be seeing what (Middlesbrough manager) Tony Mowbray says in regards to that one.”
A travelling army of 1,400 fans will cheer the 2008 FA Cup winners on tomorrow with Worthington calling on his players to rise to the occasion.
He said: “Portsmouth are in this league for a reason but, make no mistake about it, they have got some quality players and it will be a great game to be involved in.
“When you are playing against these clubs, though, you have to lose yourself in the game and enjoy it because, in big matches, you need big players to show what they can do.
“Last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Wycombe was the benchmark for what we are capable of and we have now got to repeat that on a regular basis, along with the work ethic which, to be fair, has been there 95 per cent of the time anyway.”
Worthington also wants City’s fans to be as vocally supportive as they were in Buckinghamshire last weekend to eclipse the noise that is guaranteed from the visitors’ end, saying: “Our away support is terrific week in, week out.
“Now we are looking at the same people to do the same at Bootham Crescent with all the regular home fans joining in too.”
The Minstermen have yet to field an unchanged line-up this term and Worthington’s biggest selection poser tomorrow might be whether to continue with Wes Fletcher in attack or give Ryan Bowman his first start for the club alongside top scorer Ryan Jarvis.
On that matter, the City boss added: “I was very pleased with all of the players last Saturday but sometimes you need to freshen things up so we will be having a think over the next 24 hours.”
George Taft’s return to Leicester has also provided Worthington with the scope to add another loan player to his squad but the City boss is holding fire on that front for now, explaining: “I am keeping that open. I want to get through the international period first and then we will see from there.”
Depending on the number of international call-ups within City’s squad, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy home match with Rotherham a week on Tuesday and the Bootham Crescent league clash with Scunthorpe the following Sunday could be subject to postponements.
With Sander Puri a regular in the Estonia senior squad and Josh Carson, Brobbel and Chris Kettings all under-21 internationals, the Minstermen could be without four players for those games.
Any club with three players on duty for their country are entitled to rearrange clashing fixtures.
As a short-term loan signing Northern Ireland U21 international Brobbel does not count towards that quota but his compatriot Carson, Scotland’s Kettings and Puri do.
Estonia will play their final World Cup qualifiers at home to Turkey on Friday, October 11 and away to Romania on Tuesday, October 15.
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