Updated: No decision on York City striker Wes Fletcher until Saturday

Wes Fletcher will be assessed on Saturday for the match against Exeter

Wes Fletcher will be assessed on Saturday for the match against Exeter

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YORK CITY boss Nigel Worthington will assess top scorer Wes Fletcher tomorrow morning to see whether he can play a part against Exeter City.

The 13-goal hitman missed last weekend’s draw with Southend with a groin problem and the City chief wants to give him as long a recovery time as possible ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash at Bootham Crescent.

“He’s coming on,” said Worthington when asked about Fletcher’s progress.

“I will probably have a look at him tomorrow morning and see what he is like and go from there.

“We will give him another 36 hours, whatever it may be, and give him and ourselves the best chance.”

Striker Ryan Jarvis may also have to be patient as he tries to force his way back into the starting line-up.

The former Torquay frontman played 19 minutes as a substitute against The Shrimpers after missing five matches with an ankle injury and Worthington hinted that match fitness might keep him from a place in the first XI.

He added: “Jarv was out for three-and-a-half weeks and hasn’t played a lot of football. He started training in the early part of this week and he needs to keep getting sessions under his belt to help get him back to speed.

“It takes about five or six weeks to get fit and it takes about five or six days to lose it. As much as they work hard while they are still injured, if you are not out on the training field on a daily basis it goes in different ways.

“We have got to be fair. We don’t want any injuries.

“We have got almost a clean bill of health, which is great, and let’s hope it can stay that way.”

Worthington is hoping his players can “put the cherry on the cake” by adding some goals to their defensively solid displays at home.

City equalled a club record against Southend as they failed to score for a fourth successive home game and the Minstermen manager said: “The last two performances at home, Cheltenham and Southend, have been very, very good. The only thing that’s been missing is the goals.

“We are aware of that, we are working on it and it is more of the same and just trying to get the cherry on the cake by the goal or goals to get the three points.

“They are working and training very well. There is a brightness and a spark in them and that has to be important over the next 13 games.

“We must keep looking forward, keep pushing – without putting too much pressure on the players because you want them to relax and go and perform. The last two performances at home, for me, have been very solid. There has been a lot of good stuff there and it is just about that final little bit of trying to get over the line.”

On Exeter, he added: “They are a very good footballing side and they want to pass that ball. They have had a few disappointments in recent games results-wise. We have watched them and they are decent – make no mistake about that.

“As always, if we do our own job properly and thoroughly and go and put on the field some of the training we do then, hopefully, come ten to five on Saturday afternoon, we won’t be far away.”

Worthington was also hopeful of progress in keeping Will Hayhurst at the club.

The youngster’s loan spell ends following the Exeter clash but the former Northern Ireland manager has been in touch with chiefs at Deepdale and is hopeful of brokering an extension – ideally until the end of the season.

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6:09pm Thu 27 Feb 14

OLD - HEAD says...

I hope that Wes Fletcher is fit to play on Saturday. If he isnt then Jarvis should partner Bowman up front. We must go into Saturdays game with a positive line-up and a positive attitude.
I hope that Wes Fletcher is fit to play on Saturday. If he isnt then Jarvis should partner Bowman up front. We must go into Saturdays game with a positive line-up and a positive attitude. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 16

8:08pm Thu 27 Feb 14

yorkandproud says...

We really missed Wes against Southend. I agree, if he isn't fit, start with RB and RJ. Even though lots on here like MC, I'm not convinced. Always looks lightweight to me. I prefer a bit more physical presence. Wes def has that, RB and RJ might have, MC hasn't. COYR.
We really missed Wes against Southend. I agree, if he isn't fit, start with RB and RJ. Even though lots on here like MC, I'm not convinced. Always looks lightweight to me. I prefer a bit more physical presence. Wes def has that, RB and RJ might have, MC hasn't. COYR. yorkandproud
  • Score: 6

11:37am Fri 28 Feb 14

born&breed says...

Jarvis and Bowman for me with Coulson on the left
Jarvis and Bowman for me with Coulson on the left born&breed
  • Score: 2

12:24pm Fri 28 Feb 14

ian923 says...

Wes badly missed last week and I hope he is fit and starts with Bowman who is good in the air to provide knock down for Wes. We MUST start with 2 strikers against Exeter and I'm looking forward to being in the Longhurst tomorrow looking for a positive performance and 3 more points.
Wes badly missed last week and I hope he is fit and starts with Bowman who is good in the air to provide knock down for Wes. We MUST start with 2 strikers against Exeter and I'm looking forward to being in the Longhurst tomorrow looking for a positive performance and 3 more points. ian923
  • Score: 3

12:55pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Edsoni says...

What a difference a year (or 14 months) makes. None of the starting line up in last season's corresponding fixture are likely to be on the pitch at 15:00 tomorrow.
I hope those that are on the pitch have the confidence and work ethic to eschew hoofball.
In the away matches we've shown that the players can actually string passes together along the ground. More please in the home games.
What a difference a year (or 14 months) makes. None of the starting line up in last season's corresponding fixture are likely to be on the pitch at 15:00 tomorrow. I hope those that are on the pitch have the confidence and work ethic to eschew hoofball. In the away matches we've shown that the players can actually string passes together along the ground. More please in the home games. Edsoni
  • Score: 5

5:24pm Fri 28 Feb 14

JamesHinch says...

We need to up the tempo from throw ins etc.

I would suggest NW asks for the multi ball system to come in for tomorrows game.

Agree with others re Jarvs
We need to up the tempo from throw ins etc. I would suggest NW asks for the multi ball system to come in for tomorrows game. Agree with others re Jarvs JamesHinch
  • Score: 1

3:51am Sat 1 Mar 14

cambersdad says...

although i would love to see jarvis back in action i really can't see the point in starting with him if he's not 100% right, maybe let him have the last half hour or so just to get back up to speed, the same applies to fletcher, i know what it's like coming back from injurys and if you overdo yourself or just do to much to soon you can find yourself straight back at square one, much better to give them a week extra and have them fit for the rest of the season than push them now and risk loseing them for more games later on
although i would love to see jarvis back in action i really can't see the point in starting with him if he's not 100% right, maybe let him have the last half hour or so just to get back up to speed, the same applies to fletcher, i know what it's like coming back from injurys and if you overdo yourself or just do to much to soon you can find yourself straight back at square one, much better to give them a week extra and have them fit for the rest of the season than push them now and risk loseing them for more games later on cambersdad
  • Score: 2

6:46am Sat 1 Mar 14

rockley214 says...

My bet is that we start with Jarvis and Coulson with Bowman on the bench. Bowman doesn't do enough for me. If I was a half decent centre back I'd enjoy playing against him. Coulson was more of a hand full last week despite his size. Hope Wes is back next week and for busy and critical Easter.
My bet is that we start with Jarvis and Coulson with Bowman on the bench. Bowman doesn't do enough for me. If I was a half decent centre back I'd enjoy playing against him. Coulson was more of a hand full last week despite his size. Hope Wes is back next week and for busy and critical Easter. rockley214
  • Score: 0

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