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Plenty to ponder

15 November 2012

City boss Phil Parkinson will most probably have plenty to ponder ahead of his side's home npower League 2 fixture with Exeter City this Saturday.

With doubts hanging over the fitness of a number of his depleted squad, Parkinson's starting eleven for the visit of the Grecians looks far from certain at this stage.

Injured trio Kyel Reid, Luke Oliver and Andrew Davies remain on City's long term absent list, with James Meredith and Zavon Hines joining them on the sidelines this week after limping out of Tuesday's dramatic F.A Cup victory over Northampton Town.

Both Meredith (hip) and Hines (ankle) are now rated as extremely doubtful for the Exeter match, especially if it is felt the duo require scans to determine the full extent of their own injuries.

Stephen Darby is another player with a question mark over his head with a tight groin picked up during the week.

On the flip side, however, Craig Forsyth and John Egan are available once again after being ineligible for Tuesday, while Garry Thompson is back in light training after missing the Northampton tie with a stomach virus.

Parkinson's assistant Steve Parkin commented: "James Meredith was feeling his hip on Tuesday, Zavon Hines obviously picked up a problem on Tuesday as well, and now Stephen Darby has a bit of tightness around his groin area.

"We're going to give them all another twenty-four hours or so to get a better picture of things. With James and Zavon especially, we need to see how far along they are in terms of their recovery for this weekend.

If there is no real progress though, there is the possibility of having to get them scanned to get a greater idea of things.

"The next twenty-four hours or so should give us a better idea of how things stand, but at the moment they could be looking doubtful.

Speaking about Thompson, Parkin added: "I think he had a bit of the sickness bug both James Hanson and Ritchie Jones had previously. He did a bit of training with me today. He looked a bit weak but he should be back in contention for the weekend.

With threatening to take their toil on City's campaign as the season enter into the winter months, Parkin has hinted that City could be looking to do some more transfer business before the loan window slams shut on Thursday 22 November.

Parkin added: "We have three cup games in December, plus six league matches. Nine matches in a month with injuries to Luke Oliver, Andrew Davies and Kyel Reid."

"With the other injuries we have around the squad at the moment, I think it is important to assess them in the next couple of days and if we have to strengthen, then we must do so."

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