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Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett ponders strike combinations

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 18, 2014

By David Broome

FORWARD MARCH ... striker Adam McGurk will be looking to impress up front against the Blades

FORWARD MARCH ... striker Adam McGurk will be looking to impress up front against the Blades

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GARY Rowett is still considering what might be his best strike partnership as he gets a second chance to try out combinations tomorrow.

The Brewers host Sheffield United (3pm) in their second pre-season friendly, following Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat at Ilkeston.

In that game, Adam McGurk started the match alongside Stuart Beavon up front, with youngsters Dominic Knowles and Thomas Verheydt – a trialist – forming the attack after the break.

Verheydt is still training with the club ahead of a possible switch from the Dutch amateur leagues, and may join McGurk up top against the Blades.

"We know Billy (Kee) and Adam and Dominic can all play with each other, but we want to see how others will fare," said Rowett, who admitted that Verheydt and Knowles might have got more joy before half-time against the Robins

"The first half probably suited the second half pairing more as there was a lot more space.

"But we want to see how Adam plays with big Thomas, and probably Dominic with Stuart, and then bring Billy into that as well."

Kee will not feature tomorrow as he recovers from damaged knee ligaments, but is training now and could feature against Hednesford Town on Tuesday.

"Billy isn't a million miles away but I don't think he'll be fit for Saturday as he trained with a light cast, but maybe next week.," said Rowett.

"I've had an idea of how I want to go with the majority of the games.

"It's been a bit more difficult as we started training slightly later than before because of the play-offs, so it will be good to get some more game time.

"We won't be playing two different teams this weekend, but maybe giving one lot 60 minutes and the others 30 minutes.

"And then we have another game next week where we can switch it round. By the end, most players should have had around a game-and-a-half."

Lee Bell is still short of match fitness, while John Mousinho picked up a back injury against Ilkeston and may not be risked.

However, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff should feature after missing the Robins tie.

Rowett may also run the rule over one or two more trialists, but says that will depend on other players' fitness and how many youth team players he chooses to feature.

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