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Loan zone task tests York City boss Nigel Worthington
Luke O’Neill is to return to his parent club Burnley after City’s clash against Dagenham & Redbridge
NIGEL Worthington remains undecided on whether to extend Middlesbrough winger Ryan Brobbel’s loan stay at York City.
The Hartlepool-born 20-year-old has only started one of the Minstermen’s last 11 matches, chiefly because of FA restrictions that limit the number of loan players in any matchday squad to five.
But, despite Worthington naming just three loan players in his starting XI during the 1-0 New Year’s Day home win over Morecambe, Brobbel stayed on the bench for the whole match with Lanre Oyebanjo and Michael Coulson preferred on the flanks.
Brobbel’s current loan spell is due to expire following tomorrow’s Bootham Crescent clash against Dagenham & Redbridge with City chief Worthington saying: “If he’s going to be here, he needs to be playing.
“I have had discussions with him on not being involved because of the loan situation and I will really have to look at his situation in the next few days. He was outstanding against Scunthorpe but I’ve not seen enough of that from him when he’s had the opportunity to play since.
“I will have to decide whether we need that bit of extra pace and little bit of magic he can provide and the boy himself might need to decide whether he wants to stay as well.”
Elliott Whitehouse and Ben Davies’ loans will be up for renewal too following the Dagenham game, while Luke O’Neill will return to parent club Burnley and goalkeeper Aaron McCarey has already been recalled by Wolves.
City boss Worthington is now hoping to recruit a new ’keeper as cover and competition for fit-again Michael Ingham, although previous loan signing Nick Pope is unlikely to return to Bootham Crescent.
“I am hoping young Ben Davies will stay with us and we will be having a look at Elliott Whitehouse’s situation after Saturday,” Worthington added.
Ahead of tomorrow’s encounter, the Minstermen chief is also insisting that his team must endeavour to follow up their first win in 12 matches with another positive result against Dagenham.
He said: “You can never rest on your laurels in football whether you are a manager, coach or player. One win does not make a season.
“We have made a nice start to 2014 but we’re now looking forward to another game against a team who have done extremely well during the first half of the season. They have got a couple of goal poachers who have been very good for them up to now.
“They are also more solid in terms of the number of goals they concede but, hopefully, we will have a good go at them. We are in front of our own fans and we have got to look to repeat our performance on New Year’s Day to get another win.”
Top scorer Ryan Jarvis is doubtful with the hamstring strain that caused him to be substituted in the second half against Morecambe but new striker Shaq McDonald could be in contention for a place on the bench.
Chris Smith (ankle ligament damage) remains sidelined, along with fellow central defender and long-term casualty Dan Parslow (cruciate).
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