DEFENDER Marcus Holness misses Burton Albion’s League Two clash with Torquay United at Plainmoor this afternoon, kick-off 3pm.
The summer signing from Rochdale limped out of Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat of York City with a hamstring injury — and is already rated as doubtful for next week’s Capital One Cup third round trip to Bradford City.
The absence of Holness opens the door for his former Dale team-mate Nathan Stanton to regain a regular place in the side.
Stanton began the season as skipper but lost his place after being rested for the shock second round Capital One Cup tie away to Leicester City.
Holness was oustanding in that game and has held down place since then, mostly alongside Zander Diamond.
Albion boss Gary Rowett said: “It’s a fantastic position to be in to have someone of Stanno’s ability to bring into the side.
“As sorry as I am to see Marcus pick up an injury, it’s great to see Stanno in the frame because it’s been tough to have to leave someone like him out of the side.
“He’s been our captain and an inspirational figure — not just at the start of this season but going back to the last 10 games of last season when we had a battle on our hnds to stay out of (relegation) trouble.
“Marcus has also been brilliant, but it will be nice to see Stanno getting another chance.
“He’s the sort of player who will be absolutely desperate to stay in the team, which is exactly the sort of competition for places you want to create.”
Striker Billy Kee — signed from Torquay a year ago — joined the Albion party that travelled to Devon yesterday afternoon after recovering from a bout of sickness.
Rowett said: “Billy came in and did a bit of light stuff on Thursday and said he was feeling a lot better.
“He will be a great addition to the squad because I still see him as a massive talent who is going to play a big part in our plans this season.”