Knee woe hits Wroe

York Press: City schemer Nicky Wroe, whose season has come to a premature end City schemer Nicky Wroe, whose season has come to a premature end

YORK City midfielder Nicky Wroe has played his last game of the season but will be offered a new contract at KitKat Crescent this summer.

Wroe will be sidelined for the Minstermen's final five fixtures of 2007/2008, starting with tomorrow's home meeting against Woking, because of a niggling knee problem.

But the injury is not a long-term concern and City boss Colin Walker is ready to retain the 22-year-old midfielder for a further year albeit with instructions to toughen up.

Walker said: "Nicky's been carrying the injury for a while.

He's had good games and bad games with it and good days and bad days in training but now is the time to find out what the problem is.

"He's reached double figures in goals without playing in every game so he's done well and he will be one that we talk to about next season. Hopefully, we can get that sorted out.

"Then, he's got to come back fitter and stronger because we've found out in this league you don't only need footballers, you need people who can play against different types of teams. If he's going to get in regularly, he will need to change his way of playing a little."

Centre-back Darren Kelly, who is already under contract for next season, is also unlikely to return to action before the end of the current campaign.

Former Derry defender Kelly started jogging this week after a calf injury but, having played for longer than a year without a break because of the overlap with the Irish League season, Walker sees no advantage in rushing him back.

He said: "There is no point in risking him. We worked out that he had played 71 games when he had to come off at Rushden so he was always going to pick up an injury or two and he's had a couple of bad pulls."

Striker Craig Farrell will not be considered tomorrow either despite playing an hour for the reserves on Wednesday after recovering from a badly-bruised foot.

He is more likely to be involved in next Saturday's trip to Torquay while on-loan pair Sam Duncum and Chris Hall are also ruled out for the Woking match.

Hall has suffered a training ground ankle injury but may return to senior action before the end of the season while Rotherham winger Duncum is recovering from his hamstring muscle spasm but Walker admitted: "He might be somebody we will have to look at in pre-season now."

But teenage left-back Andy McWilliams has been called up for tomorrow's game and will be hoping to emulate the likes of fellow trainees Liam Shepherd and Adam Boyes this season by making his first-team debut.

Former Scarborough utility man Jimmy Beadle may have to wait for his first appearance, however, with Walker adding: "Jimmy had his best game for us on Wednesday but he's only 19 and has got to knuckle down and make sure he's still impressing in the reserve team."

Woking will arrive at KitKat Crescent with a new temporary management team of Colin Lippiatt and Justin Edinburgh following the dismissal of Frank Gray after Tuesday night's 2-0 home defeat to Stevenage.

And Walker has warned his team about a possible reaction.

He said: "Stevenage took them to town in the week and they could be a wounded animal. We've got to be wary of that.

"We haven't opened teams up very often at home and next season we will need players, whether they are the current ones or new ones, who can open he door. That's a task I have set myself."

City (probable): Evans, Parslow, McGurk, Craddock, Purkiss, Elliott, Panther, Woolford, Robinson, Brodie, Sodje. Subs: Mimms, McWilliams, Lloyd, Boyes, Fortune-West.

Woking (probable): Worner, Lorraine, Hutchinson, Gasson, Green, Batt, Maledon, Gray, Sole, Morgan, Norville. Subs: Gindre, Ruby, Ugunbote, Lambu, Marum.

Referee: Ross Joyce (Middlesbrough).

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