ZELI Ismail is a major doubt for Burton Albion’s trip to face Fleetwood Town in the League Two play-off final at Wembley.
The 20-year-old flying winger is still struggling with the hamstring injury he aggravated in the first leg of the play-off semi-finals against Southend United.
Brewers boss Gary Rowett thinks the on-loan Wolves starlet will struggle to be involved in Monday’s final.
“It’s looking like he’ll be extremely doubtful,” he said. “He wasn’t fit for the last game.
“It’s a fine margin between getting someone fully fit and getting someone where they might then only last half an hour – and he only lasted half the game in the first leg.”
Ismail has been outstanding since arriving at the Pirelli Stadium from Wolves, netting three goals in 16 appearances and laying on half a dozen for his team-mates.
He could still be at Wembley, even if he cannot play – something which would please Rowett.
“Zeli wanted to travel with the team to Southend, which I thought was fantastic,” said the manager.
Goalkeeper Rob Lainton will be another travelling player who cannot take part after his 93-day emergency loan from Bury expired.
His place on the bench will be taken by Freddy Hall, who was signed as cover by the club when they realised Lainton’s loan would not quite reach the Wembley showpiece.
“Rob’ll want to come down with the lads,” said Rowett. “I’m happy for him to do that.
“Him not being eligible was one of the reasons we brought Freddy in.
“We certainly didn’t want to throw a youngster in there, or an old one either – Pooley (Kevin Poole) says he’s had his fix of Wembley!”