Terry McPhillips says the 18-man squad he has to pick for the Bradford City game tomorrow will be his toughest to select so far.
Pool’s interim manager is set to welcome back a few players from injury for the home game against The Bantams, which means there will be some disappointed lads in the stand.
“This is the most I’ll have to pick from and there will be some really good players who don’t get on the bench, and that’s the difficult part. But that is part of the job and that’s what we’ll have to do. It bodes well for us to be able to pick the strongest team possible,” McPhillips said.
The one player who definitely misses out though is Jimmy Ryan, who has visited a specialist to get to the bottom of a troublesome knee problem that has recurrently blighted him since the Rotherham match at the end of last season.
“He’s having a second opinion and we’ll find out more about that. Hopefully it’s not too serious and we can get him back in the team quickly,” McPhillips confirmed.
The match itself comes against a Bradford City side with a new Head Coach in charge following the appointment of David Hopkin in midweek.
“The new manager for them makes it a harder game because we all know that’s what happens in football, a new manager comes in and the team can get a reaction. We’re going to have to win that fight first and then hopefully win the game.
“There will be changes and there will be something different, we know that. The manager got promoted with Livingston and they were direct, high press and well organised.
“But there’s no doubt that these lads are desperate to win on Saturday,” he added.