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Burton Albion in the market for a new striker

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

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GARY Rowett could sign a striker on loan this week for Burton Albion as injuries bite at the Pirelli Stadium.

Gary Alexander (pictured) has had an injection in his knee and is expected to be out for around a week after missing the last three games.

Michael Symes, meanwhile, has again been hit with a groin problem after recently recovering from a knee injury.

He has not made an appearance since November, when he limped off at Dagenham and Redbridge with the original groin problem that has blighted his season.

With Zeli Ismail out for around six weeks, Albion are looking to bring in a couple of loan signings.

“Gary had his knee swell up a bit,” said Brewers boss Rowett. “Coming into the team and playing a lot of games in quick succession, and training really hard, affected the knee with him not having played very much.

“Gary reacted to that.

“But he’s had an injection and in a week to 10 days he’ll be back playing his part.”

Alexander, 34, has been signed to bring a bit of know-how and experience to the Albion attack and Rowett has been pleased with the influence the former Millwall man has had.

Symes, 30, could be out for longer, especially given the injury-hit season he has endured.

“Symesy is slightly different,” said the manager. “He’s had a recurrence of his groin in the warm-up at Pompey.

“It’s been a bit of a nightmare for him since November.

“He’s been stop-start with one or two injury problems.

“But there’s still a chance he can play some part before the end of the season.”

The Brewers were bullied by physical Wimbledon and Portsmouth in their last two matches, and the presence of Alexander or Symes would have helped.

Rowett knows teams are looking to outmuscle Albion, but is confident the imminent return of centre-half Ian Sharps after a calf injury, as well as Alexander, will help solve the issue.

“You look at it and we’re not a very big team really,” said the Brewers boss.

“So, that’s something - teams are starting to be a little bit physical and getting some big players in their teams against us.

“That’s caused us problems. I said from the first minute against Wimbledon that the only way they were going to hurt us was from set pieces.

“You could argue that balls into the box and set pieces were their best way through.

“We’ve got the option of putting Sharpsy back in and Gaz (Alexander) in a week.

“We can solve it with the players at the club.”

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