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Burton Albion hopeful on Adam McGurk fitness

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 19, 2014

By Tom Sloan

INJURY WORRY ... Adam McGurk could be fit to face Exeter tonight.

INJURY WORRY ... Adam McGurk could be fit to face Exeter tonight.

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GARY Rowett is hopeful that Adam McGurk will be fit to face Exeter City at the Pirelli Stadium tonight.

The Brewers take on the Grecians, kick-off 7.45pm, looking to build on their best start to a season in more than 30 years.

Billy Kee's surprise departure to Scunthorpe means Albion are a little bit light up front and need McGurk back from the hip injury he sustained against Wigan Athletic a week ago.

"In the current circumstances, Adam having this hip problem isn't ideal," said Brewers boss Rowett.

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"He trained on Monday morning but a bit gingerly and probably only at 80 per cent.

"We need to get to the bottom of it, but he might be available for tonight's game."

McGurk is expected to step up and help fill Kee's boots after the striker's move to Lincolnshire.

He netted 12 goals last season, while Kee grabbed 14, as the Brewers reached the League Two play-off final before losing 1-0 to Fleetwood Town.

"Someone like Adam, there's a lot more to come from him this season," said Rowett.

"We've gone for a lot more mobility this season and we've seen the fruits of that already.

"If you look at pre-season and parts of the games so far, lots of what we've done has been really good.

"When Adam gets himself right, he can have a huge impact this season."

Burton beat Oxford United 1-0 on the opening day before seeing off Wigan 2-1 in the Capital One Cup.

A late, batting 2-1 win over Dagenham on Saturday made it three wins on the bounce – and Rowett is impressed with aspects of all three displays.

"It's been a really good start," said the manager. "I'm really pleased with how we've gone about the start of the season.

"There's been lots of ability and lots of character – little bits of everything.

"We can get much, much better as well.

"We haven't seen some of the form we've shown in pre-season.

"I think when it settles down a bit, something we're looking at is to play with more incisiveness, more quality and more pace."

Promising Albion youth striker Sam Austin has been added to tonight's squad and will wear No 30.

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