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Drury set for debut after O’Connor blow

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 05, 2013

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NEW Burton Albion signing Adam Drury could be thrown straight into today’s team to face Leicester City in the FA Cup after full-back Anthony O’Connor was ruled out.

Blackburn Rovers loanee O’Connor, 20, has a hamstring injury and will not be fit for the third round trip to the King Power stadium, kick-off 3pm.

That could open the door for Drury — who can also play on the right wing — to make his Brewers debut after joining on loan from Manchester City yesterday.

Manager Gary Rowett confirmed that the 19-year-old would probably be in the squad, but would not be drawn on whether that would be in a starting role.

He said: “I’m hopeful he’ll be involved in some capacity.

“But we’ll have to see what we think about what is appropriate for the game.”

With Andy Corbett having joined Hereford United on loan, the only other real alternative would be for Nathan Stanton — who returns from suspension today — to move across to the right.

However, the former Rochdale defender may be required in central defence, with Zander Diamond unlikely to recover from the illness that ruled him out of the New Year’s Day defeat to York City.

Rowett said: “Zander is struggling and it looks as though he’ll be unavailable.”

If Stanton did fill in at right-back, Aaron Webster could start alongside Marcus Holness in the centre for the second consecutive game.

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