U’s leading scorer Norris rated doubtful for visit of Yeovil

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 October 2018

Luke Norris wheels away after pulling a goal back for the U's in the Bury defeat.  Picture: STEVE WALLER    WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Luke Norris wheels away after pulling a goal back for the U's in the Bury defeat. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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Leading scorer Luke Norris, in addition to the defensive pair of Tom Eastman and Frankie Kent, is a doubtful starter for tomorrow’s visit of Yeovil Town.

Norris converted an 82nd minute penalty, having earned the spot kick himself, during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Bury.

That boosted the 25-year-old’s tally to an impressive seven goals in nine games, in all competitions, and six in the league, which makes him the joint second top scorer in League Two behind Tranmere Rovers’ James Norwood (seven goals).

However, summer signing Norris was struggling with an ankle injury towards the end of Saturday’s game, by which time manager John McGreal had already employed all three substitutes.

“Luke’s ankle does not look too good,” confirmed McGreal, after the home loss to Bury.

“He carried on, but his ankle doesn’t look too good at the moment, so we will have to wait and see.

“I think the fans appreciated how we came back strongly in the game, and Luke again got in the right areas, to either get in shots or win us a penalty.

“We will have to see the extent of the injuries.”

With regards his team’s injury woes – centre-halves Frankie Kent (ankle) and Tom Eastman (head) are both doubtful – McGreal said: “We’ve been here before, and the phrase ‘round pegs for square holes’ spring to mind.

“It was tough to lose two quality centre-halves, and at the moment it doesn’t look too good for them on Tuesday.

“Jokingly, it’s another chapter for my book! But there’s no point in crying over spilt milk, it is what it is.

“(Ollie) Kensdale has been training with the first team, having come back from Maldon, while we’ve got Paul Rooney out on an emergency loan (at Bromley).”

McGreal felt that his side could have snatched a point against Bury, despite never firing on all cylinders, especially as half-time substitute Brennan Dickenson blasted over from a good position in stoppage time.

“I think Dicko should have done better, especially as though it was with his left foot,” insisted McGreal.

“He has been going through a bit of indifferent spell at the moment, so I took him out of the team (starting XI), but that does not mean time to put your feet up or light your pipe.

“We needed him, and I thought he was a constant threat against Bury when he came on, after his little break.

“It’s a strong division this year, with the teams coming down.

“Everything contrived against us on Saturday, but I can’t fault the players for their efforts. We rolled up our sleeves when things weren’t going for us.

“Now it’s another big home game for us,” added McGreal.

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