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York City wing roles up for grabs in Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie
YORK City manager Nigel Worthington is ruling out a host of changes for tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy home clash with League One Rotherham.
The competition is often used to rotate squads and rest players at other clubs but, with seven players ruled out for the second round tie, the Minstermen chief’s options would be limited even if he wanted to shuffle his pack.
Worthington will, however, need to replace at least two players who started Saturday’s 3-0 win at Torquay with wingers Josh Carson and Ryan Brobbel both on Northern Ireland under-21 international duty.
Sander Puri and Chris Kettings are also away representing their country, while crocked trio Lanre Oyebanjo, Michael Coulson and Jamal Fyfield remain sidelined.
On his selection approach for this evening’s game, Worthington said: “There aren’t too many changes we can make because of injury and the international situation, so we will pretty much put out the strongest team we can.
“We are treating the competition with respect and know that playing a higher-division side won’t be easy, but we want to try to keep our little run going and keep that good feeling about the place.
“We are looking for another clean sheet as well, because that gives you the platform to go on and win games.”
Rather than field a weakened side, Worthington is expected to recall Lewis Montrose after the former Gillingham midfielder missed the trip to Torquay due to suspension.
The City boss is also keen to retain the 4-4-2 formation that has served him well in the last four fixtures despite a lack of available wingers with Carson, Brobbel, Puri, Coulson and Fyfield all unavailable.
He added: “I will stick with the formation because it suits the players and they look happy with it at the moment. I won’t be changing because of a lack of personnel.
“It will be an opportunity though for players who have dropped out to come back in and show that, if they are required, they can stake a claim for a place.”
Richard Cresswell is back in contention after serving his three-match ban but now faces a fight to force his way back into the team with in-form pair Ryan Jarvis and Wes Fletcher having netted five times in the last two games.
On his attacking options, Worthington said: “The two boys have done well up there and, with Ryan Bowman and Richard Cresswell, we have got strength in that area of the pitch and good competition for places.”
Sheffield United, meanwhile, have given permission for Elliott Whitehouse to play against the Millers.
The match will be the last of his one-month loan spell at Bootham Crescent but Worthington is hopeful that can be extended.
United are currently third- bottom in League One but, despite an injury to former Belgium under-19 captain Florent Cuvelier at the weekend, the likes of Michael Doyle, Simon Lappin, Conor Coady and Stephen McGinn would all appear to be ahead of Whitehouse in the pecking order for a midfield starting place at Bramall Lane.
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